Migrants Report


In Search of Dignity: Report on the human rights of migrants at Europe's borders

In a new report documenting the findings of OHCHR monitoring missions to border locations in Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the UN Human Rights Office calls on European States to address urgently the need to protect the human rights of migrants in border areas and in transit across Europe.

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 Afghan migrants protest conditions in hospitality centre in Malakasa, Greece 08 June 2016. © EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS Protecting the human rights of migrants at Europe’s borders
States' responses to newcomers at their borders and in transit must uphold international human rights standards to protect the rights of all migrants across Europe.


 Migrants and French police during the evacuation of the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais, France, 26 October 2016. © EPA/THIBAULT VANDERMERSCHSpotlight on human rights of migrants in wake of Calais camp eviction
Human rights of migrants in transit along France’s northern coast must be a priority, says UN Human Rights Office.

Security at forefront as Italian island receives migrants
The arrival of migrants at the “hotspot” on the Italian island of Lampedusa highlights the need to protect the human rights of often traumatised people.

 View through the metal gate at the Pozzallo hotspot where migrants rescued at sea are brought after disembarking at the port. Photos were not allowed in the centre itself. © OHCHR / Liz Throssell Italy’s migrant hotspot centres raise legal questions
Migrants rescued at sea are often taken to “hotspot” registration centres but detaining them at these centres has provoked concerns in Italy, a UN Human Rights Office monitoring team finds.

 Migrants wait to board buses to be taken to the Lampedusa hotspot. © OHCHR / Liz Throssell Migrants cling to dreams as they await uncertain future
“I ask that God helps me to go to school.” UN Human Rights Office monitoring mission hears stories of despair and hope from migrants in Italy waiting to see what will happen to them.

Drawing by one of the children at the House of Cultures © OHCHR / Liz Throssell Child migrants’ future in Italy “must not depend on luck”
As Italy sees growing numbers of unaccompanied child migrants arrive on its shores, it is crucial that the country harmonises and monitors the way they are cared for, a team from the UN Human Rights Office says.

 A boy joins a protest at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) at a refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece, April 2016. Credit: © EPA/KOSTAS TSIRONIS Migrant children face grim human rights conditions in Greece
During a recent monitoring mission on the situation of migrants and refugees in Greece, the UN Human Rights Office met with migrant children and found serious violations to their human rights.

 A woman hangs her laundry over a fence in a refugee camp in Bulgaria.  © Credit EPA/Vassil Donev Imprisoned, detained and insecure: the human rights of migrants in Bulgaria come under scrutiny
UN Human Rights officials have expressed concern over the detention of migrants who irregularly cross into Bulgaria. Under current legislation, those caught face criminal prosecution and even jail.