Since last year, the French government deported more widely than in the past to the country of entry into the European Union under the Dublin III Regulation, which results in increased pressure on those in The Reception and Orientation centres (see here, here and there ), but also of course outside. A new scheme specifically geared towards the house arrest and deportations of persons under Dublin procedure is now being set up, the PRAHDA.
More broadly, the implementation of European hotspots in Greece and Italy makes it more systematic to take fingerprints. The deportations to Greece, interrupted due to unworthy reception conditions and several judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, will resume in March.
Outside of the CAO, a petition in support of a young Guinean who is likely to be sent back to Italy after a difficult journey is being circulated, for the French authorities renounce to deport him, using the sovereignty clause provided for in the Dublin III regulation and to agree to ” Examine his / her application for asylum:
In the CAO, there is also a mobilization in Ariège, with an event that took place on January 27th. One of these demonstrations that we would like to highlight because it has been built together between Exiles and their supporters, and that is where a more society of solidarity is built in which everyone has his voice and his place as the actor or actress of their futures.
In order to clarify the context, the support group was banned from accessing the CAO from the time it mobilized volunteer lawyers to accompany the exiles, which is a desire to isolate them and make it more difficult to access their rights that is also found in other centres – but not in all.
You can download the open letter calling for the event here.
The demands of the Exiles:
“DEMANDS OF PEOPLE RESIDING AT THE SAVERDUN CAO
Here are the promises that were made to us in Calais:
– No Dublin procedure.
– No forced deportations.
– Sometimes we were even promised a job and an accompaniment for the administrative procedures.
These promises were not kept.
– Cancellation of Dublin proceedings.
– To be lodged closer to the towns .
– That the journeys to the Ofpra (Paris) be taken care of.
– Have access to lawyers and translators in particular to write the essential life stories in the file for OFPRA and for the proceedings in prefecture.
– Shorter waiting times for all procedures.
At the Saverdun CAO:
– To have access to the internet especially to contact our families and to learn languages.
– Transportation to get around.
– Shorten the time to see a Doctor (it sometimes takes more than a month).
– The maintenance of French courses which took 8 months to set up.
– That there are be no more measures of authority (like that of turning off the TV at 11pm…)
– To be able to meet and invite people to the centre.
– Be more listened to in our requests within the centre. ”
The text of the supports:
“Where are the evicted from Calais?”
Call for solidarity in Ariège
After the expulsion of the camp of Calais in October 2016, several thousands of people were sent to CAOs (reception and orientation centres) throughout France. This highly mediatised operation was carried out under the guise of humanitarian action. In reality, it was a matter of dispersing and invisibilizing foreigners who had been united in the “jungle”. If some of them had succeeded in organizing themselves collectively, isolation broke this solidarity. After making headlines, the situation of these people has already fallen into oblivion. It was feared that the state would not keep its promises regarding the non-application of the Dublin III regulation of returning foreigners to the country of entry into the European Union.
That is why we, residents of Ariège, have built a collective to meet the people housed in CAO and give them our support. We have today confirmation that the state has lied because many people met at the CAO of Saverdun are “under the Dublin procedure”.
We can testify to the isolation in which these people find themselves:
– Geographical isolation first – the town centre of Saverdun is 40 minutes walk from the CAO without the centre putting at their disposal any means of transport – and, more seriously,
– Social isolation: prohibition to receive visits if one is not accredited by the management.
– Any spontaneous demonstration of solidarity is unwelcome: coming to share a snack with the resident is considered “inadmissible” by the management.
– In addition, there is a lack of access to the internet, a translator for legal and administrative procedures and access to a lawyer.
It is clear that the CAO is a cog in the policy of the State which aims to deport as many people as possible. Applying the Dublin procedure or urging exiles to accept assisted return are ways to prevent them from seeking asylum in France. The means deployed in the CAOs are not to facilitate asylum applications and to help them exercise their rights but instead to return them to countries they have fled. That is unacceptable.
Van Gogh ; Road after a Cypress and a star