In The Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees in European Law, Cathryn Costello explores the complex and often vexed legal landscape which surrounds the human rights of migrants and refugees in Europe. Costello examines how human rights law responds to challenges that migration control and migration status pose, focusing particularly on migrants’ and refugees’ rights to enter, stay, live with their families and be at liberty in Europe.
The analysis centres primarily on European Union (EU) law on migration and asylum, in the context of the EU’s framework of fundamental rights and the Charter, and the standards enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Other sources are also usefully drawn on to complete the picture where relevant, including universal human rights treaties and international refugee law. Costello provides a comprehensive examination of the key areas in which migration control intersects with human rights in Europe, unravelling the complex interaction of overlapping legal orders and expounding a thought-provoking pluralist approach to the interplay between the legal frameworks of the EU and Council of Europe.