Asylum and Migration
Since the end of the cold war, increasing numbers of people have travelled to the EU to escape conflict, environmental disaster, poverty and persecution. EU governments have progressively made it more difficult to travel to the Union legally, forcing asylum seekers and other migrants into the hands of traffickers and placing their lives at great risk. In parallel, EU governments have developed an asylum system that places most of the burden on countries at the Union’s borders. This has particularly strained the resources of some countries in the Mediterranean. Most recently, the prolonged civil war in Syria has prompted larger numbers of people to seek asylum in the EU. Disagreements among national governments have prevented the EU from developing and implementing measures that could help to alleviate the suffering of millions of asylum seekers and other migrants looking for safety. Many politicians trying to drum up popular support, as well as parts of the media, have demonised migrants, meaning that those who do make it into the EU may face discrimination and even violent attacks. This topic covers the work of our members to persuade national authorities to treat asylum seekers and other migrants in line with human rights law.
Asylum and Migration articles
•The HFHR has communicated to the CoE's Committee of Ministers about Poland's report on the implementation of the ECtHR judgement in the Bistieva case, which concerns the detention of a family of refugees with children.
•The Society for Civil Rights (GFF) is conducting a comprehensive study on the invasive search and inspection of asylum seekers' mobile phones by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
•The president of the Republic of Croatia has confirmed that Croatian police are conducting push-backs from Croatia to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
•The People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the largest party in the Netherlands, wants to criminalise marine refugee and migrant rescue missions. After a call by the VVD, a small majority of parliamentarians (77 out of 150) showed support for ...