New definitions: No 1 of an occasional series – “respect of (sic) the dignity”


The applied racism which has come increasingly to characterise the European Union’s policies on migration took a further step into the abyss with the publication by the European Commission of new guidelines which allow member states to use physical and mental coercive measures to take fingerprints of migrants and asylum seekers entering Europe, including minors and pregnant women. If they refuse, they face detention, expulsion and a potential five year EU-wide ban.

From the guidelines: “If the data-subject still refuses to cooperate it is suggested that officials trained in the proportionate use of coercion may apply the minimum level of coercion required, while ensuring respect of the dignity and physical integrity of the data-subject..”

As Tony Bunyan, Director of Statewatch comments:

"Where is the EU going? Migrants, including pregnant women and minors, who have fled from war, persecution and poverty are to be forcibly finger-printed or held in detention until they acquiesce or expelled & banned from entry. To add insult to injury the Commission deliberately withheld publication of the Guidelines yesterday to control news reporting when announcing its new migration plans."

See the Statewatch Briefing