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FRA gives its opinion to Parliament on the recast Return Directive

The International Organisation for Migration, the UN Refugee Agency and FRA presented their views on the proposed recast Return Directive to the new Rapporteur and Shadow Rapporteurs in the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

An impact assessment prepared by the European Parliament Research Service was also presented at the meeting.

Looking at both the fundamental rights impact and sustainability of returns, all speakers underlined the risks related to enhancing the use of pre-removal detention, limiting the possibilities for voluntary departure, and the reduction of procedural safeguards proposed by the legislative draft.

The meeting took place on 9 December in Brussels.