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Migration fundamental rights challenges remain

New and persisting fundamental rights concerns in a number of EU Member States remain a feature of the migration situation in Europe, according to the FRA’s latest monthly report. Overcrowding, immigrant detention, particularly of migrant children, and asylum processing delays are just some of the challenges highlighted.

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Looking at the situation across 14 EU Member States, some of the main fundamental rights-related concerns identified in the latest summary report include:

  1. Living conditions in some reception centres remain poor. This is in part due to overcrowding, particularly in some hotspots.
  2. Child protection is still problematic in some places. For example, plans to transfer all asylum seeking unaccompanied children to juvenile correctional facilities in one Member State is a new cause for concern.
  3. Mistreatment at border zones continues in some places. Reported problems range from pushbacks and refused entry to asylum seekers to lack of proper processing of asylum seekers and information about asylum procedures as well as restrictions of liberty at border transit zones while waiting for lengthy asylum procedures to be processed.
  4. Support is still an issue in many places. This includes inadequate access to legal aid, lengthy delays in processing asylum claims, inadequate access to mental healthcare as well as practical and legal barriers to family reunification.
  5. Incidents of racism, hate crime and hate speech towards migrants continue to be reported. The growing use of online platforms to spread hate speech and misinformation about asylum seekers is a worrying trend.

The European Commission asked the Agency to collect data about the fundamental rights situation of people arriving in Member States particularly affected by large migration movements. The reports cover 14 Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

FRA has published its migration overviews since September 2015.