Last year was not a good year for fundamental rights, asserted Michael O’Flaherty, FRA’s Director, when presenting the key findings of the Agency’s Fundamental Rights Report 2016 in Paris at the Sciences Po University on 19 September. He spoke of the erosion of rights evidenced in the report and outlined possible ways forward.
Refugee and migrant families risk being split up during the journey to the EU. Over a third of new arrivals in the past year were children, who often arrive unaccompanied as they become separated from their family. The latest FRA summary report on migration-related fundamental rights throws the spotlight on how the present situation is affecting family tracing and reunification.
On 6 September, FRA presented an overview of fundamental rights issues in the field of border management, as well as returns, to the Schengen Committee, which is attended by all EU and Schengen states.
The washed-up image of the drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi on 2 September last year provoked international outcry. It helped focus attention on the refugee situation. One year on, still more needs to be done to better protect refugee children, says FRA.