Illegally staying in the EU : an analysis of illegality in EU migration law
Title: Illegally staying in the EU : an analysis of illegality in EU migration law
Author: MENEZES QUEIROZ, Benedita
Citation: Florence : European University Institute, 2015
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Law
This thesis first of all conducts a conceptual analysis of the illegality of a thirdcountry national’s stay by examining the boundaries of the overarching concept of illegality at the EU level. Having found that the holistic conceptualisation of illegality, constructed through a combination of sources (both EU and national law) falls short of adequacy, the thesis moves on to consider situations that fall outside the traditional binary of legal and illegal under EU law. The cases of unlawfully-staying EU citizens and of non-removable illegally-staying third-country nationals are examples of groups of migrants who are categorised as atypical. By looking at these two examples the thesis reveals not only the fragmentation of legal statuses in EU migration law but also the more general ill-fitting and unsatisfactory categorisation of migrants. Having examined the conceptualisation and regulation of the phenomenon of illegality, the thesis then examines the consequences that arise from the EU’s current framing of illegality. The conflation of illegality with criminality as a result of the way EU databases regulate the legal regime of illegality of a migrant’s stay is the first trend identified by the thesis. Subsequently, the thesis considers the functions of accessing legality (both instrumental and corrective). In doing so it draws out another trend evident in the EU illegality regime: a two-tier rationale which discriminates on the basis of wealth and the instrumentalisation of access to legality by Member States for their own purposes. Finally, the thesis proposes corrective regulation of illegality through access to legality and provides a number of normative suggestions as a way of remedying the current deficiencies that arise out of the present supranational framing of illegality.
Defence date: 11 December 2015; Examining Board: Professor Loïc Azoulai, European University Institute (Supervisor); Professor Philippe de Bruycker, European University Institute; Professor Cathryn Costello, University of Oxford, Faculty of Law; Mr. José Narciso da Cunha Rodrigues, Chairman, UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB).
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