Providing adequate control over the standards in reception centres adds to EU Member States’ challenges in ensuring appropriate living conditions for asylum seekers. This was one of the findings from the latest summary from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on migration-related fundamental rights concerns in some Member States. It assesses how Member States are ensuring that appropriate oversight and standards are maintained in migrant reception centres.
The Agency’s latest summary focused on the oversight of certain key provisions related to reception facilities including: housing, food, healthcare, information and the best interests of children. Some of the findings were:
Drawing on existing practices, FRA suggests that for oversight to be effective, there should be:
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 overviews since September 2015. The next thematic focus will be published in December 2017 and will look at how local communities are affected by high numbers of migrants.