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: Oxford : Hart Publishing, 2018, Modern studies in European law ; 85
Principally, this book comprises a conceptual analysis of the illegality of a third-country 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 book 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 book reveals not only the fragmentation of legal statuses in EU migration law but also the more general ill-fitting and unsatisfactory categorisation of migrants. The potential 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 book. Subsequently, the book 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 regime which discriminates on the basis of wealth and the instrumentalisation of access to legality by Member States for mostly their own purposes. Finally, the book proposes a corrective rationale for the regulation of illegality through access to legality and provides a number of normative suggestions as a way of remedying current deficiencies that arise out of the present supranational framing of illegality.
LC Subject Heading: Emigration and immigration law -- European Union countries; Illegal aliens -- European Union countries
Table of Contents:
-- 1. 'What Part of Illegality Don't You Understand?': Illegality in EU Migration Law -- 2. The Case of Unlawfully-staying EU Citizens -- 3. Non-removable Migrants in the EU -- 4. The Potential Effects of Information Technology Vis-à-Vis Illegality -- 5. Access to Legality in the EU: An Instrumental or Corrective Mechanism?
Initial version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/38145
Version: Published version of EUI PhD thesis, 2015