Fundamental Rights Report 2017

Diverse efforts at both EU and national levels sought to bolster fundamental rights protection in 2016, while some measures threatened to undermine such protection. For refugees and migrants, legal avenues to reach Europe remained elusive, with authorities focusing on return policies, information technology systems to combat irregular migration, and on restricting family reunification. Racist and xenophobic reactions towards refugees and migrants persisted, prompting the introduction of diverse measures to counter hate speech and hate crime.

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