I. Summary and Key Recommendations
The [airport] transit zone is an improvement
for foreigners because they can exercise their rights before they even
enter French territory. -Eric Besson, minister, Ministry of Immigration,
Integration, National Identity, and Solidarity Development, May 11, 2009.
I said I didn't want to return. The
[police] woman told me 'we will handcuff you...put you in the plane, and
send you back to your country.' -Ousmane R. who arrived alone at Roissy
Charles de Gaulle airport at the age of 16 in June 2007.
From January 2008 to July 2009 around