Shelter and accommodation providers are facing growing pressure from the authorities to participate in return procedures. Several organisations have been asked, either implicitly or explicitly, to categorise people according to their administrative status. On the 12th of December, the French Government announced the introduction of a mechanism  whereby mobile teams led by law enforcement would have access into emergency accommodation services to check the administrative status of migrants and take action if lack of residence status is determined. Such decisions go against the values and mission of the homelessness sector - and of social services as a whole - and for this reason a coalition of NGOs led by FEANTSA had addressed a letter to Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen. 

Read the letter here

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