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.
FRA joined international decision-makers at the annual European Forum Alpbach for the first time for a rich diversity of talks on values and human rights from 28 to 30 August, under the ‘new enlightment’ motto of this year’s event. Since 1945, the Forum has been an annual international and interdisciplinary platform that brings together the worlds of science, politics, business and culture.
Refugees and migrants arriving in the EU may also have a disability which can pass unnoticed, preventing them from receiving the particular support they need and are entitled to under EU law. As there is little information on migrants with disabilities and victims of torture, the latest FRA summary report on migration-related fundamental rights throws the spotlight on these issues.
Local communities are facing a number of challenges resulting from the large influx of refugees and asylum seekers, as FRA’s latest summary report of migration-related fundamental rights concerns shows. It provides a snapshot of the impact the asylum crisis is having on some local communities, including the challenge of having to provide and finance housing and education. However, it also reveals good practices, strong goodwill and the potential boost to local economies that can offset some of the problems.
On 12-14 July, FRA provided intense training to 10 return monitors in cooperation with the Greek Ombudsman. This training course aimed at improving the knowledge of monitors on fundamental rights in the context of forced returns and readmissions, so they can translate this knowledge into action.