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The Jesuit Migrant Service (SJM) has presented its report Southern Border 2020, entitled 'Searching for a way out'. This report describes the work that the organisation carries out from its office in Melilla to accompany the migrant population and to observe human rights, as well as analysing the social and legal consequences that the tightening of migration control has on these people who are looking for a way out of their transit through the city. Searching for a way out is the third issue of SJM's own reports on this area of work.

In this report, SJM reflects mainly on seven essential issues that outline the context of the border: among them, the drama of those who risk their lives to seek asylum; the lack of guarantees in return procedures; the Supreme Court ruling that guarantees the right to free movement of asylum seekers from Ceuta and Melilla; the problem of considering victims of trafficking as criminals; the dramas of young people who move from sheltered centres to the street; family separation due to disproportionate zeal; and measures in the context of a pandemic that aggravates the situation of migrants.

The coordinator of SJM, María del Carmen de la Fuente, opened the event with a review of almost 10 years of publications related to this issue, thanking all the people and entities that make this work possible in Melilla. Following this, Josep Buades SJ, coordinator of the Southern Border area, explained that the report reflects this work of a decade although it focuses on changes in migration control, administrative practices and judicial decisions that have an impact on the border context. "From SJM we propose the repeal of the tenth additional provision of the Law on Foreigners that protects summary refoulement as a border rejection in Ceuta and Melilla" In any case, SJM, who works with other Church entities accompanying people who are subject to refoulement (minors, asylum profiles, without health care or a lawyer) insists on regulating the figure of border rejection so that it complies with constitutional criteria.

Read the report in Spanish here.

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