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7 The Schengen Information System And The Sirene

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While systems such as Schengen Information System (SIS), SIRENE (Supplementary Information REquest at the National Entries) may aid in the control of crime and illegal immigration, they also can have negative consequences as regards human rights compliance. It is necessary to examine how they enhance control of persons and at the same time look at the safeguards employed in protection of individual rights against abuse. This chapter examines the establishment and nature of these systems by analysing their purpose and policy aims, legal basis, organisation and legal safeguards inbuilt in the systems legal frameworks. The overall objective of the SIS is to strengthen and extend direct co-operation between police, immigration and customs authorities in the Schengen countries. The SIRENE plays a central role in the exchange of information. Other functions are translation, evaluation and validation of the obligatory information quality control and storage of necessary documentation.

Keywords: control of crime; exchange of information; illegal immigration; individual rights against abuse; Schengen countries; Schengen Information System (SIS); SIRENE



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