JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO SHUT DOWN TEMPORARY HOLDING
CENTRES FOR MIGRANTS IN EUROPE
BY SIGNING THIS PETITION
LATEST NEWS: The Directive was adopted by the Parliament on June 18
Immigration is currently one of the main issues on the European Union’s agenda. This site was created as a tool to fight against the approval of the Directive on “Common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegal staying third-country nationals”.
(the so-called Return Directive) in the EU, voted on June 18 2008 by the European Parliament, and widely known as the “Outrageous Directive”.
The time has now come to control and monitor the Return Directive and general policy on migration. Therefore, our objective remains to close all detention centres in Europe and that is why we are asking you to keep signing and distributing this appeal as widely as possible.
- The conditions in migrant holding centres are very similar, sometimes even worse, than those in prisons. Following visits to holding centres, NGOs, international agencies, parliamentary delegations and journalists have denounced the iniquity, inhumanity and degradation in these places, where human rights and fundamental freedoms are often violated and violence is used against migrants.
- Administrative detention, the period of which can be extended by the Return Directive up to 18 months, is a legal absurdity; it provides criminal sanctions (detention) for administrative offences such as illegal entry to national territory or the simple expiry of visas and stay permits.
- Since “temporary administrative detention” is extendible to 18 months – it can no longer be defined as “temporary”. This instrument is unable to keep illegal migration in check and is also ineffective in the identification of migrants.
- Holding centres are often murkily-run structures into which human rights and migrants’ organisations are often denied entry. The directive proposes that visits shall be authorised by the Member States.
In the 27 EU Member States, there are 174 holding centres, while more have been built in candidate or neighbouring countries.
We want to lead – together with the organisations working on this issue – a European campaign to shut down all migrant holding centres located in Europe.
To build the campaign further or to simply join (either organisations or individuals), please fill out the details below and press send.
The signatures collected on this website will be conveyed to EU governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament with a view to showing that individuals and civil society are sending a strong signal demanding the closure of temporary holding centres throughout Europe.
Your signature will be added to the list of signatories in the View current signatories page on this website. Please note that your email address will not feature on this page, nor will it be distributed or circulated in any way.