欧盟批准更强硬非法移民法 EU Passes Tougher Illegal Immigration Laws

18 June, 2008

欧洲议会批准了有关拘押和驱逐非法移民的新法规。人权组织认为有关法规是不公正的。欧盟的议员们今天(星期三)在斯特拉斯堡投票,允许政府拘押非法移民长达一年半时间,并可以禁止在最多5年内再次入境。这些法规将在2010年前生效。英国、爱尔兰和丹麦没有在这项协议上签字。

欧洲非法移民的人数估计在8百万到1千2百万人之间。 新法规向非法移民提供了一些保护,包括申请居留、自愿离境和寻求法律咨询的权利等。

大赦国际和其他人权组织表达了关注。大赦国际说,新法律并不能确保非法移民安全地、有尊严地返回各自国家。

The European Parliament has approved new rules for detaining and expelling illegal immigrants, legislation that human rights groups consider unfair. EU lawmakers voted in Strasbourg today (Wednesday) to let governments detain illegal immigrants for up to 18 months and impose a re-entry ban of up to five years. The rules are to go into effect by 2010. Britain, Ireland and Denmark have not signed on to the agreement.

Estimates of immigrants in Europe illegally vary from eight million to 12 million people. The new rules provide them some protections, including the right to apply for residency and to leave voluntarily, as well as access to legal counsel.

Amnesty International, among other rights groups voicing concern, says the measures do not ensure that illegal migrants will be returned to their home countries in safety and dignity.