Noborder action camp in Strasbourg July 19th to 28th

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  :: Is SIS the world we want? ::

  Since the mid-80s, EUrope has tightened its border regime. In 1990 the Schengen Convention was adopted to set common standards for the immigration policies of member states. All EU countries except the UK and Ireland signed. Since then, asylum seekers from outside the EU can only ask for asylum in the first EU country they set foot in.
This prevents immigrants from choosing their place of residence freely, for example according to languages they might speak or to seek reunion with friends or family. For entry in the UK and Ireland, the same regulations are fixed in the Dublin Convention.
The Schengen Information System (SIS) is a central piece of the European border regime. Developed to centralise and harmonise control of migrants and refugees, SIS is now also being used to stop " violent troublemakers" from travelling at certain periods. All 13 states of Schengenland participate.
UK and Ireland are participating in the SIS on law and order aspects. An official report notes that while the UK "does not take part in the Schengen visa issuing arrangements, we do play a full and active role in EU action to combat illegal immigration and the prevention of crime".
The SIS database is comprised on records put in by each of its EU member states. State agencies have access via tens of thousands of terminals all over Europe.
This allows them to determine whether a person is wanted for deportation or arrest, or suspected to be a danger to national security/public order. The central unit of Europe's biggest law enforcement database is located in the basement of a fence- and CCTV protected building in Strasbourg. At the end of 2001, it contained 10 541 271 records, including between 1.3 and 6 million names. German-owned Siemens Nixdorf provided the mainframe for the SIS and French state-owned group Bull developped software interfaces.
French-owned group Sema was enlisted to project-manage. Due to technical difficulties and diversity of national law enforcement systems, SIS went live only in 1995, five years after the first deadline. It crashed immediately and was off line for six hours.
SIS II is now being planned - proposals include a "restricted access terrorist database", additional "identification material" such as photographs, fingerprints and possibly DNA profiles, covert markers (eg. "suspected drug dealer") and biometric records for facial/iris recognition. Data held in SIS II is to be made available to Europol and Eurojust, public prosecutors and magistrates.
The number of entries will grow enourmously, since in the wake of 11 September records on protestors, terrorist "suspects", refugees and possibly all resident third country nationals are to be added. More info:
  :: Taking Over the Asylum, an Early No Border Camp in Hackney? ::

:: Strasbourg: International no-border action camp ::

:: This summer's DiY experience ::

:: The European noborder network - an attempt for practical resistance ::

:: Is SIS the world we want? ::

:: Detention Centers not acceptable ::

:: Routes of Migration: War, Poverty & Planet ::

:: Dispersal and NASS creating a problem ::

:: Secure Borders - Safe Haven ::