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Eurodac Database: European states will take the fingerprints of immigrants from six years of age

The European Union has founded a commitment to an update of the Eurodac* file, which records the fingerprints of immigrants arriving in Europe. The minimum age of 14 years should be reduced to 6 years “to better seek missing children”.

The members of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement to strengthen Eurodac, the migrants’ database, which includes reducing the age to take the fingerprints of children under 6 years of age. The minimum age was 14 years. The goal is “to help identify and search for missing children, as well as identify family ties.”

The “Eurodac” system was created to facilitate the application of the Dublin Regulation, which determines the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application. Clearly, to launch an asylum application in the European Union, a fingerprint is mandatory. These fingerprints are scanned and transferred to a European database called Eurodac. Once registered with Eurodac, an asylum seeker can no longer apply for asylum in another country.

By strengthening the Eurodac archive, Europe also wants to stop the proliferation of asylum applications on European soil. Often unsuccessful asylum seekers in an EU country try their luck elsewhere.

This will make it easier for authorities to observe people who enter or reside illegally in the EU. The security argument is also advanced by the European Parliament. “The European police agency, Europol, will be able to consult the database more effectively to detect and prevent the crimes of terrorism and other serious crimes.”

Other measures have been taken: the use of facial images and the registration of alphanumeric data (name, identity document or passport number). The names and photos of the migrants will be stored in Eurodac.

The European Parliament, which must confirm these measures in plenary session, specifies that this new requirement should not be obtained under duress. However, he says, “as a last resort, and when permitted by relevant national or EU legislation, a ‘proportional degree of restriction’ could be exercised on minors, provided their dignity and physical integrity are respected.”

* The Eurodac database is used by all EU countries, as well as by Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.


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This entry was posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 12:56 pm and is filed under No Borders.