Treating "Illegals" Legally

Commentary regarding the European Commission Green Paper on a Community Return Policy on Illegal Residents

This briefing paper constitutes Human Rights Watch’s commentary on the Commission Green Paper. Drawing on research on the current treatment of migrants in several E.U. member states, the commentary identifies some of the key human rights standards that should be at the core of any Community return policy. The Green Paper currently either references many of these standards incompletely or omits them altogether.