Freedom of movement underpins the full and free realisation of a person and their rights. For some, it is vital for their safety and security, their family life, or their identity. Nonetheless, the right to freedom of movement is often undermined and those who seek to exercise the right are frequently subjected to human rights violations and marginalisation. These forms of oppression cut across racialised and marginalised groups, whether they are categorised as citizens, migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless persons or persons without fixed habitation.
We believe that society needs to acknowledge that restrictions on free movement are often rooted in histories of imperialism, colonialism, and inequality, and want to help create a framework that fosters equity and freedom for all regardless of identity.
To make sure our work meets the needs of activists and movements, we are conducting a Europe-wide consultation in the first half of 2022 to identify priorities for developing litigation projects.
We explored priorities for free movement in Europe on 7-8 July, with 16 participants from grassroots movements and those directly working with communities.
We approach all themes through an intersectional lens, centring how a person’s social or political identity and personal characteristics can combine to create different modes of discrimination, exclusion, and oppression. We will consider issues across both digital and non-digital space.
The input from the roundtables will be combined with input received through a survey we conducted between October 2021-May 2022, individual conversations, and desk research. We will publish the combined findings and share these back with communities in the fall of 2022.
We will develop our first litigation projects, starting from the priorities and opportunities identified in the consultation in late 2022.