Court of Justice ruling on the Returns Directive: English-language version out

A June decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union in case C‑181/16 Gnandi is now available in English. I am not sure whether it is of huge relevance to UK-based practitioners, as it concerns the Returns Directive, which does not apply in this country. Nevertheless it may be of interest to some readers. The court was asked whether the Directive forbids the authorities from ordering asylum seekers to leave the country immediately after a decision is taken to reject their asylum application. It noted that Article 7 of the Directive creates an exception for migrants who would otherwise be in the EU illegally while their asylum claim is being…



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