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24.02.2021 – Court of Justice - Judgment - Directive 2008/115/CE - M a.o. v. Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid and T - Case C-673/19

Reference for a preliminary ruling – Asylum and immigration – Directive 2008/115/EC – Articles 3, 4, 6 and 15 – Refugee staying illegally in the territory of a Member State – Detention for the purpose of transfer to another Member State – Refugee status in that other Member State – Principle of non-refoulement – No return decision – Applicability of Directive 2008/115


On those grounds, the Court (Fifth Chamber) hereby rules:

Articles 3, 4, 6 and 15 of Directive 2008/115/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals must be interpreted as not precluding a Member State from placing in administrative detention a third-country national residing illegally on its territory, in order to carry out the forced transfer of that national to another Member State in which that national has refugee status, where that national has refused to comply with the order to go to that other Member State and it is not possible to issue a return decision to him or her.

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