The FRA Director called the global refugee situation a ‘crisis of fundamental rights’ during his address to an asylum and integration conference in Vienna on 7 November, organised by Angelika Mlinar, an Austrian Member of the European Parliament.
“We’ve established an impressive human rights framework in EU Member States. But now for the first time, that very system is being called into question – and that’s what is frightening,” said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty in a speech to the Institute for International and European Affairs in Dublin.
Protecting unaccompanied children, tackling violence and hate crime, improving safety in reception centres and more support for local communities; these are four persistent challenges that need addressing urgently, as identified in the latest FRA summary report on migration-related fundamental rights.
Millions of women, men and children forced from their homes as a result of conflict or persecution fall foul of ruthless traffickers. The 10th EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October is time to take stock and renew efforts to counter this modern day plague affecting the most vulnerable in our society, says the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.
The Agency shared its view on protecting child rights in the Dublin Procedure, particularly for unaccompanied children at a hearing organised by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee in Brussels on 10 October.