Amnesty International report: EU puts lives of refugees fleeing conflict at risk

When: Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The European Union (EU) and member states are failing refugees fleeing conflict and putting lives at risk by focusing on fortifying their external borders rather than trying to help them find sanctuary, says Amnesty International in a new report to be published on 9 July.

The report, The human cost of fortress Europe: human rights violations against migrants and refugees at Europe’s borders, details how the EU and member states spend almost half of the funding for dealing with asylum seekers and refugees on building of high walls, sophisticated surveillance systems and increased patrols to protect their borders. Only 17 per cent is spent on initiatives to help the refugees.

The report describes some of the key elements of the EU’s migration policy, which forces refugees and migrants to take dangerous routes to reach Europe and how it plays out at the EU’s south-eastern border, where Bulgaria and Greece meet Turkey, one of the main routes used by Syrian refugees seeking safety in the EU.

To request a copy of the report or an interview and for further information please contact:

Lydia Aroyo, Press Officer, Amnesty International, International Secretariat at [email protected]; +44 (0) 7771 796 350 (UK mobile).