The fate of the entry ban

The fate of the entry ban

A study into the implementation in practices and the perceived effects of the Return Directive in the Netherlands (full text only available in Dutch)


The European Return Directive was implemented in the Netherlands in 2011. This resulted in the introduction of the 'return decision' and the 'entry ban'. By issuing a return decision, the Dutch government communicates that an illegaly staying foreigner is to leave the Netherlands (either immediately or within 28 days). If the foreigner is required to leave immediately, an entry ban has to be issued as well. This means that the foreigner is not allowed to reside in the Netherlands or another European country for a certain period. This study examined the practices and (perceived) consequences of these new procedures, and of the Return Directive more generally. The study was conducted at the request of the Dutch Parliament.

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Leerkes, A., Boersema, E., Chotkowski, M. (ass.)
Place of publication:
The Hague
Year of publication:
Memorandum 2014-02

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