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Opinion on the situation of migrants at the Franco-Italian border:

Opinion on the situation of migrants at the Franco-Italian border:
Date de publication : 19/07/18
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Opinion on the situation of migrants at the Franco-Italian border:

During both of these missions at the Franco-Italian border, the CNCDH was deeply shocked by the violations of migrants’ rights found and by the alarming practices observed across these two border regions

France, which is not “overwhelmed”, must nevertheless address an unprecedented situation unfolding at its border with Italy. The alerts and recommendations that the CNCDH issues in this opinion have been prompted by the policy conducted at the Italian border and the inhuman practices observed both in the southern part of the Menton-Ventimiglia border and the Briançon area.  


The CNCDH will focus in turn on the numerous fundamental rights violations at border crossings (I), access to international protection on asylum grounds (II) and non-reception as a policy assumed by the authorities (III). It will also highlight the authorities’ treatment of people trying to help, who are charged with the crime of showing solidarity, when all they are doing is making up for the State’s failings (IV). Finally, it intends to draw the authorities’ attention to the particularly alarming situation of unaccompanied minors (V) and victims of trafficking in human beings (VI).