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Sweden: Government Moves to Adopt More Restrictive Rules for Asylum Seekers

(Nov. 30, 2015) On November 24, 2015, the Swedish government announced that it would bring changes to Swedish asylum rules to a vote in Parliament, following reports from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency that the current refugee situation now is a risk to the life and health of people in Sweden because important forces of […]

Sweden: Limit on Asylum Seekers Reached, Measures to Cope with Influx

(Nov. 12, 2015) On November 5, 2015, the Minister of Migration and Justice, Morgan Johansson, announced that Sweden had reached the limit on its capacity to receive asylum seekers, stating, “all countries have a limit – this is where we are now.” After utilizing all available evacuation housing, the government could not guarantee, he added, […]

Hungary: New Law Permits Army’s Use of Non-Lethal Weapons Against Illegal Migrants

(Nov. 6, 2015) On September 21, 2015, the National Assembly of Hungary approved legislation that allows the country’s military to use non-lethal weapons against refugees when they enter Hungary illegally (Jacqueline Jones, Hungary Lawmakers Approve Use of Non-Lethal Weapons on Refugees, PAPER CHASE (Sept. 23, 2015).) Soldiers may use rubber bullets, tear gas, pyrotechnical devices, […]

European Union/Turkey: Cooperation to Manage the Migrant Crisis

(Oct. 16, 2015) On October 4, 2015, the European Union and Turkey agreed on a Draft Action Plan to increase cooperation and coordinate their actions on the refugee crisis, and to reduce the huge flow of immigrants who enter the EU through Turkey. The Draft Action Plan contains short- and long-term measures to tackle the refugee crisis. Its twin objectives […]

Court of Justice of the European Union/Italy: Criminal Sanctions Imposed on Illegal Migrants Upheld

(Oct. 9, 2015) On October 1, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a judgment in a case involving the legality of the imposition of a prison sentence on an expelled migrant, after his re-entry into Italy. (Judgment of the Court, Fourth Chamber, Case of C-290/14 (Oct. 1, 2015), EUROPA.) Facts  The […]

European Union: Commission Adopts New Measures to Respond to Refugee Crisis

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 9, 2015, the European Commission adopted a Communication that contains short- and long-term measures to address the current migrant crisis, to assist countries of entry through the creation of “hotspots,” and to address the root causes of irregular migration. The concrete operational, budgetary, and legal proposals are all annexed to […]

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

(Sept. 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a proposal, introduced by the European Commission on September 9, 2015, in response to the unprecedented influx of migrants who have sought refuge in the European Union during the last six months and in order to improve the situation of […]

Portugal: Investment Visa Rules Expanded

(Sept. 16, 2015) Portugal recently altered the requirements for the issuance of permanent visas, to attract more foreigners to invest in the country. The change expanded the possibilities for obtaining a “gold visa” that enables foreigners to permanently live in Portugal and freely travel throughout the European Union. According to the new rules introduced by […]

France: National Assembly Adopts Immigration Bill

(Sept. 9, 2015) The French National Assembly (Assemblée nationale, one of the two houses of the French Parliament) approved legislation on immigration on July 23, 2015. (Projet de loi relatif au droit des étrangers en France [Bill on the Rights of Foreigners in France], Senat [Senate] website (last visited Sept. 9, 2015).) The legislation, which […]

United Kingdom: Proposal to Jail Landlords Who Rent to Illegal Immigrants

(Aug. 12, 2015) The government of the United Kingdom has recently proposed measures that would create new offenses applicable to landlords who knowingly rent to illegal immigrants. The proposed measures will be two-pronged. On the one hand, they will allow landlords to end the tenancy of immigrants if the persons’ permission to remain in the […]