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Spain: Commissioner Muižnieks calls for guidance to border police on how to handle migration flows in Ceuta and Melilla

Letter
Strasbourg 12/07/2016
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Spain: Commissioner Muižnieks calls for guidance to border police on how to handle migration flows in Ceuta and Melilla

In a letter to the Minister of Interior of Spain published today, Commissioner Muižnieks has urged the Spanish authorities to adopt a procedural framework to ensure that border police in Ceuta and Melilla have clear instructions on how to handle mixed migration flows in full compliance with human rights.

“The Aliens Act amended in February 2016 establishes a special regime for Ceuta and Melilla but does not provide clear guarantees against refoulement and collective expulsions, nor adequate safeguards for the right of every person to seek and enjoy asylum, irrespective of the way they reach the Spanish territory. The Spanish authorities should remedy this shortcoming and ensure that no summary expulsions of migrants from Ceuta and Melilla occur”.