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Migration is, in most countries, subject to questioning, public debates and polemics because of its heavy ideological and symbolic burden. But migration is also a phenomenon increasingly difficult to approach at a national level alone, and for which a progressive European response must be imagined. In the field of human rights, Europe possesses a unique institutional architecture, presenting itself, moreover, as a model in this regard. Yet, for many people living within its borders, the reality is that protection from fundamental rights abuses is far from guaranteed.
A continent that as recently as fifty years ago was practically mono-ethnic is now one of the most diverse on the planet, and reducing migration is one of the political promises that has been most heard throughout Europe in recent years. This has had tragic consequences for migrants themselves and for society as a whole. In Britain, universities and businesses are seeing some of their brightest students and workers been forced to leave the country. All across Europe anti-migration hysteria has induced heavy government investments in detention centres for “illegal” or unidentified migrants. Some of these migrants are held in detention centres for as long as eighteen months, often undergoing some of the worst human rights violations seen in this continent since WW2. Through the Citizens Pact EA explores best practices within the field of migration, to support a more equal, diverse and open continent.