Towards an Efficient and Credible EU Return Policy

An effective and humane return policy is an essential part of the EU's comprehensive approach to better managing migration and reducing the incentives for irregular migration. Whilst Europe will continue to show generosity and solidarity towards those genuinely in need of protection, returning those who are not fleeing war or persecution and who do not have the right to stay in the EU, in full respect of fundamental rights, is equally important for a well-functioning asylum system. It will also send a strong signal against undertaking dangerous irregular journeys to the EU in the first place.