On 12 May in Brussels, FRA took part in the Frontex Consultative Forum meeting, presented its work in relation to the deployment to the EU Regional Task Force in Greece and chaired the working group on return.
The current migration situation is putting greater numbers of people at risk of being trafficked and exploited for prostitution, for crime or for work as they seek refuge from persecution or turmoil in their home countries. FRA’s latest summary report of migration-related fundamental rights concerns, throws the spotlight on five crucial areas that affect the prevention of trafficking and the protection of victims.
A delegation from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) visited FRA on 17-18 May. The visit allowed both sides to explore how they can continue to work together on the common goal of further protecting and promoting fundamental rights across the EU.
Practical frontline fundamental rights advice is still needed to support EU efforts in the migration hotspots in Greece. This was one of the conclusions of the Director’s visit to the reception centre for refugees and migrants on the island of Lesbos (Greece) on 3 May.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, shared with FRA staff his concerns for human rights during his visit to FRA in Vienna on 29 April. He stressed the importance of FRA’s work, speaking of how there is an urgent need to ensure respect for human rights in these challenging times.