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Anjum Shabbir
27th March 2020
Human Rights

COVID-19 and the fundamental rights of refugees, asylum applicants and migrants at the European borders

The EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency has published a report today on the fundamental rights of refugees, asylum applicants, and migrants at the European borders, which recalls that ‘while exercising border control, states have a duty to protect the fundamental rights of all people under their  jurisdiction, regardless of their nationality and/or legal status.

The report includes a section on ‘special measures in case of pandemic’.

In that section, the FRA acknowledges the right of States to manage their borders in a way that includes managing risks to public health in the case of a pandemic. However, it recalls that such measures must be non-discriminatory and proportionate (Regulation 2016/399, the Schengen Borders Code), ma


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