01 February 2008

No to the outrageous Directive ! Sign the appeal

No to the outrageous Directive !

Appeal to the Members of the European Parliament

During the year 2008, a proposal for a directive concerning the detention and deportation of immigrants will be submitted to the European Parliament. Since 1990, the policies of European governments with respect to immigration and asylum have resulted in a continuous reduction of the guarantees and fundamental protections of the people they affect. Europe is becoming a locked-down fortress and uses disproportionate means to prevent access to its territory and to deport unauthorised migrants.

The project before the European Parliament, if it were to be adopted, would represent yet another regression. In foreseeing detention that could be extended up to 18 months for people whose only offence is to want to live in Europe, it holds to an inhuman logic : generalizing a policy of confinement for aliens could become the normal way of treating migrant populations. In establishing a five-year ban from Europe for all people who are expelled, this project stigmatises the illegal immigrants and transforms them into delinquents who must be deported.

The proposed directive which will be presented to the Parliament is the first in this domain to be submitted to a procedure of co-decision with the Council of Ministers. The Parliament therefore has the possibility to once and for all put an end to this policy which goes against the human values at the heart of the European project and which give it its meaning. Today, the Members of the European Parliament have an historical responsibility : act as to not let Europe fall back to the dark era of segregation between nationals and undesirables through the systematisation of detention camps and forced repatriation. We call on the Members of the European Parliament to assume their responsibility and reject this project.

More information / Plus d'information

Why we are against this directive : English - French - Spanish - Italian

10 réponses à 10 idées fausses sur ce projet de directive : French

Report of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs : English - French - Spanish - Italian

Initial proposal of the European Commission (text amended by the report above) : English - French - Spanish - Italian

Mappa dei campi di detenzione per migranti in Europa