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Note to the delegation of the European Parliament which is going to visit the detention centre of Schiphol in the Netherlands – December 19th, 2007

”L’asciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate”
”Give up all hope, when you enter here”
With those words, Dante made his entrance in ”the hell”, in his ”Divina Commedia”.
Although this is only a metaphor, the detention conditions in the Dutch detention centres are in general worse. Many irregular people have the same feeling entering there.

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Guidelines for the delegation visiting Malta as part of the review of the European Union’s policies on reception for asylum seekers and border control – March 2006

“As a member of the European Union, Malta has accepted to adhere to the principle of protection of fundamental human rights which marked the foundation of the Union itself. European legislation concerning asylum and reception of refugees is far from satisfactory the IFHR (FIDH) and its members have often highlighted this fact in the past few yearsnonetheless, it establishes minimum standards. It would therefore be unacceptable should Malta try and exonerate itself from these minimum standards that were established by the EU.” (FIDH Report, n°403, September 2004)

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Handbook on procedures and criteria for determining refugee status under the 1951 convention and the 1967 protocol relating to the status of refugees

Refugee status, on the universal level, is governed by the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees. These two international legal instruments have been adopted within the framework of the United Nations. At the time of republishing this Handbook 110 states have become parties to the Convention or to the Protocol or to both instruments.

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Trends of regularisation of third country nationals in irregular situation of stay across the European Union – January 2008

This document has been written by the Libe Parliamentary commission.
The number of immigrants settling illegally in Europe has increased largely. The European
member states have developed different strategies of response. One is legalisation and
regularisation politics. Between the European countries, the politics on regularisation varies
widely. The documentation on „Trends on regularisation of third country nationals in
irregular situation of stay across the EU“ is gathering together information and data on
regularisation processes in Europe. Further, it presents available statistics and bibliography.

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The conditions in centres for third country national (detention camps, open centres as well as transit centres and transit zones) with a particular focus on provisions and facilities for persons with special needs in the 25 EU member states – December 2007

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. This work follows a number of visits by delegations from the LIBE committee to several European Union Member States. These missions resulted in the publishing of reports or resolutions. This study looks at conditions for migrants and asylum seekers in reception, detention or transit centres, and is based on field studies carried out in twenty-five European Union countries. It is the first study on the subject based on field studies throughout all European Union countries, i.e. twenty-five countries at the time the study was
commissioned in December 2006.

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