Britain's government has said EU member States must respect their obligations and work together to tackle attempts by others to thwart the correct application of fingerprinting laws on illegal migration.In response to an EU commission document on the matter, the government agrees that groups of irregular migrants and asylum seekers from certain countries of origin, notably Eritrea and Syria, have refused to cooperate in being fingerprinted by Member State authorities.”We must construct an environment which challenges the narrative put forward by smugglers that migrants should not cooperate with fingerprinting procedures when they arrive in the European Union. This behaviour has serious consequences for the functioning of the Dublin Regulation system.” The government writes that this also undermines a European regulation and a biometric database known as Eurodac.”Given the large number of migrants arriving by sea, many of whom have refused to cooperate with the fingerprinting process, it is likely that a large amount of fingerprint data has not been transmitted to Eurodac.”The European Commission has proposed that migrants be informed that a refusal to cooperate could lead to detention and a five-year EU-wide re-entry ban.”In the event that counselling fails to secure cooperation, considering the use of coercion 'as a last resort', having first informed the individual concerned that coercion may be used to take his or her fingerprints – in such cases, the Commission suggests that “officials trained in the proportionate use of coercion may apply the minimum level of coercion required, while ensuring respect for the dignity and physical integrity of the data subject”.The Commission also says that it will also explore whether more biometric identifiers can be used through the Eurodac system to assist with identification.