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Protecting Rights at Borders (PRAB) - evidence of refugee and migrant pushbacks at EU borders

The Protecting Rights at Borders (PRAB) initiative is formed by protection and legal aid organisations focusing on human rights compliance at the EU’s external and internal borders. ​  The PRAB partners have solid field presence in the countries of operation enabling direct access to victims of pushbacks, as well as longstanding experience in strategic litigation.

Mauro Ujetto

Posted on 12 Jan 2023

 

Pushbacks at EU borders 

Pushbacks are expulsions without legal justification and procedure, usually employed by border police, law enforcement officials or other authorities. It is being used to push foreigners such as migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from a state’s territory to the territory of another state without regard for the individual’s circumstances and right to seek asylum. 

PRAB partners register and document pushbacks and cover both internal and external EU borders, such as the borders between France-Italy, Greece-Turkey, Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary-Serbia, Belarus-Poland, Ukraine-Poland, Greece-North Macedonia, Slovenia-Italy, North Macedonia-Serbia, and Lithuania-Belarus.

 

 Are pushbacks illegal? 

Human rights compliance must not be an obstacle to migration management – a rights-based approach to border management is indispensable. 

Overview 2021

PRAB work exist out of 3 components: 

  1. Document and collect testimonies of these well-established and systematic rights violations.​ 
  2. Trigger and support legal action, when relevant and feasible.​
  3. Highlight accountability issues, as well as the need for Independent Border Monitoring mechanisms.

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PRAB Partners

Association for Legal Intervention Poland
Association for Legal Intervention Poland
Associazione per gli Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione
Associazione per gli Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione
Danish Refugee Council
Danish Refugee Council
Diaconia Valdese
Diaconia Valdese
Diversity Development Group
Diversity Development Group
Greek Council for Refugees
Greek Council for Refugees
Humanitarian Center for Integration and Tolerance
Humanitarian Center for Integration and Tolerance
Human Constanta
Human Constanta
Macedonian Young Lawyers Association
Macedonian Young Lawyers Association

Working in collaboration with:

European Programme for Integration and Migration
European Programme for Integration and Migration
Open Society Foundations
Open Society Foundations
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