Thematic Workshop on Return and Readmission
28-29 November, 2005
It was the third such thematic workshop organised within the framework of the Söderköping Process. The workshop drew together: asylum, migration, border guard officials and representatives of non-governmental organisations from Belarus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine, as well as representatives of the European Commission (EC), the Swedish Migration Board (SMB), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The main objectives of the workshop were to:
Present EU policies on readmission (familiarization with the EC Directive on minimum standards on return and expulsion of third country nationals and the Green Paper on a Community Return Policy on Illegal Residents)
Present international and European standards relating to readmission of refugees and asylum seekers and explore prospects of assisted voluntary return arrangements for third country nationals among countries participating in the Söderköping process;
Take stock on existing readmission agreements amongst participating states and exchange information and views on their practical implementation towards third country nationals.