Electronic tagging may await rejected asylum seekers
The plans are part of a larger effort by the European Commission to quickly dispatch those not entitled to EU residency.
“Migrants who often paid their life savings to smugglers to bring them to Europe may not be ready to take up assisted voluntary returns unless they see they will be returned anyway”, notes the paper.
If no other solution is found, “returns must be enforced”, with “electronic surveillance” and “semi-closed facilities” as alternative measures to just locking people up, the paper adds.
One idea in the paper proposes compulsory requirements to get member states to log entry bans and return decisions into the EU’s Schengen Information System (SIS).
This includes developing a ‘central automated fingerprint identification system’ for SIS and extending the scope of the EU’s biometric common asylum registration system, Eurodac, to include returns.
People become parcels – barcoded?
Next step – RFID?