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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which provides an analysis of the EU migration acquis, consisting of five Directives on legal migration and the draft Directive on a single permit and a common set of rights. The research focus is on one of the main Tampere policy objectives linked to the progressive establishment of a common immigration policy, namely to guarantee 'fair treatment' to third country nationals in the European Union. The book argues for a rights-based and rule of law approach, seeing EU immigration law as a supranational framework for the protection of noncitizens that goes beyond Member States' discretion. It seeks to answer the question as to whether the Tampere objectives have been met, and to what extent the experience gained from the Tampere and the Hague programmes can be used for adopting policy measures in the years to come.

Keywords: European Union (EU) migration; fair treatment; Hagueprogrammes; Tampere policy



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