The deportation machine: Europe, asylum and human rights

A new publication from the UK-based Institute for Race Relations - The deportation machine: Europe, asylum and human rights, by Liz Fekete - cites over two hundred detailed case studies to demonsrate how opportunist political campaigning puts the lives of asylum seekers at risk.

The research highlights how target-driven deportation policies are:

* institutionalising brutality by legitimising the use of force in removals often in violation of domestic law;
* removing protection from refugees fleeing conflict and violating humanitarian law intended to protect the traumatised and severely ill;
* undermining the UN Convention and the Rights of the Child which requires that child's best interests be paramount in executive and judicial decisions and actions;
* leading to overcrowding, poor and unsanitary conditions in detention centres.

The deportation machine is issue no. 51 of the IRR European Race Bulletin and can be ordered from the IRR