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European immigration policy is organized around two main themes.

The first theme concerns the area of ​​free movement. According to Article 77 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the Union is competent to adopt rules relating to the absence of internal border controls, the management of external borders and short stay visa policy.

The second theme concerns common immigration policy. Article 79 TFEU defines the areas in which the EU can act. The EU may adopt rules relating to the conditions of entry and residence, the definition of the rights of third country nationals residing legally, illegal immigration and unauthorised residence, and combating human trafficking.

The rules adopted in these areas are included in the immigration menu under the tabs:

  • Border Management
  • Short-stay visas
  • Admission and stay
  • Irregular immigration
  • Return of migrants in an irregular situation


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