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The AIRE Centre contributes to the Handbook on European Law Relating to Asylum, Borders and Immigration

26 September 2013

A collaboration between the AIRE Centre, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the European Court of Human Rights, the handbook is a first point of reference on both European Union (EU) and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) law related to asylum, border management and immigration. It explains how each issue is regulated under EU law as well as under the ECHR, the European Social Charter (ESC) and other instruments of the Council of Europe.

The handbook looks at the situation of those foreigners whom the EU usually refers to as third-country nationals, of which under EU law there are some 20 different categories each with different rights that vary according to the links they have with EU Member States or that result from their need for special protection.

Improving the understanding of common principles developed in the case law of the two European courts, and in EU regulations and directives is essential for the proper implementation of relevant standards, thereby ensuring the full respect of fundamental rights at a national level.

The handbook is designed to assist legal practitioners who are not specialised in the field of asylum, borders and immigration law; it is intended for lawyers, judges, prosecutors, border guards, immigration officials and others working with national authorities, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other bodies that may be confronted with legal questions relating to these subjects. 

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