Panel Discussion I: How to avoid secondary movements of Third Country Nationals subject to return?

23 October 2018

Secondary movements of TCNs that have been ordered to leave are considerable in the EU. This phenomenon undermines the authority of law enforcement agencies, prolongs the processes of return, and hampers the return process for TCNs and for the Member States. In different Member States TCNs ordered to leave have somewhat diverse set of rights during their stay (e.g. regarding health care, accommodation). Moreover, the packages for Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) differ considerably across the Union. This poses a question – could those differences trigger additional secondary movements and how to avoid secondary movements impelled by “return shopping”.

Some of the questions addressed include:

 ♦  What are the strategies and policies in place to restrict secondary movements of TCNs subject to return?

♦   What have been the key obstacles in policy and practice levels to control secondary movement and return shopping?

♦   Innovative alternatives (g. technological surveillance methods) to the detention of TCNs subject to return.

♦  What would an efficient cooperation in this field between Member States and EU institutions and agencies look like?

Session Facilitator:

Panel discussion facilitator,  Egert Belitšev, PBGB (tbc)


Wolfgang Nieter, Head of Division R 2 – Voluntary Return, Reintegration Communication, Directorate Return Policy, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (Germany)
Georgios Spyrelis, Police Captain, Hellenic Police Headquarters, Migration Management Division
Lotje van der Made, Frontex