How to avoid border control rights violations when working with third countries

On 14 March, FRA brought together experts to discuss the implications for EU Member States of implementing border control measures in third countries or together with third countries, resulting from the principle of non-refoulement.

Experts from academia, Member States, the European Commission, the EU Border Agency (Frontex), the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and the UN’s Refugee Agency took part in the discussions. Scenarios of possible forms of cooperation between EU Member States and third countries were reviewed. This allowed different ways of mitigating the risk of possible violations of the principle of non-refoulement to be identified. The meeting was organised as a follow up to the FRA’s 2014 Fundamental Rights Conference, which concluded that while the prohibition of refoulement is universal, there is a need for more clarity on the legal implications when implementing border management activities with the help of third countries.