In September 2020, the European Commission presented its proposal on a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, promising a ‘fresh start’ to Europe’s approach to migration. The Pact introduced a number of legislative proposals that are currently being examined in the European Parliament and the Council, including the Regulation introducing a screening of third country nationals at the external borders.
While a new start is urgently needed to ensure Europe’s approach to migration upholds key EU values of human dignity, equality, equity and human rights, 23 NGOs working in Greece – all signatory to this briefing – have serious concerns about elements of the proposed Screening Regulation.
This policy brief outlines the most worrying potential impacts of the proposed Screening Regulation in relation to the protection of asylum seekers and children and their rights. Drawing on experience from our collective work in Greece and testimonies of asylum-seekers we have worked with, it also provides recommendations for amending the current proposal.