The meeting offered FRA the possibility to get feedback from Member States' experts on providing fundamental rights guidance on the apprehension practices which may disproportionately discourage irregular migrants from accessing essential services. The FRA has found that certain immigration law enforcement measures discourage migrants from approaching service providers. These include detection at or near service providers (e.g. hospitals, schools, NGOs providing legal assistance to migrants), as well as reporting or exchange of personal data between service providers and immigration law enforcement bodies. The meeting was organised in follow-up to a first stakeholders meeting held on the topic on 2 March and which had concluded that it is feasible to develop guidance for law enforcement officials on the issue.
For more information, please see the project page on the situation of migrants in an irregular situation in the European Union.