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This introductory chapter of the book, which provides the text of and commentary upon a large number of measures proposed or adopted up until 1 January 2006, including all of the most important ones. It also provides the text of the key measures concerning asylum, legal migration and irregular migration. The chapter discusses about an integrated overview of all of the various proposals, including their relationship with measures agreed or proposed before the Treaty of Amsterdam and with the overall political context. There are three other important aspects to the legal context. First of all, the Treaty of Amsterdam terminated a parallel development, begun with the 1985 Schengen Agreement and continuing with the 1990 Schengen Convention and a huge number of implementing measures. Thirdly, the enlargement of the European Union loomed larger and larger over developments in this field since the entry into force of the Treaty of Amsterdam.

Keywords: asylum; Schengen Convention; Treaty of Amsterdam

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