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Forcefully displaced Ukrainians: a blind spot addressed by the Migration Committee

26/01/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

"As a human rights defender for 20 years, I would have never imagined myself working on war crimes in my country. No one chooses where he or she was born but we all have a choice whether we want to be active against human rights violations or remain indifferent to it. I chose not to be...

European solidarity in the context of asylum and international protection

26/01/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Migration Committee today expressed concern at the Russian Federation's military attack against Ukraine, leading to the highest numbers of refugees and displaced persons since World War II. In this context, the Committee urged member States to show European solidarity, particularly with...

Belarusians in exile: an overlooked issue addressed by the Parliamentary Assembly

25/01/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Some 200 to 500 000 Belarusians were forced to flee their country as a result of the repression that fell after the rigged elections of 9 August 2020. While they have a common wish – return as rapidly as possible to a democratic Belarus – they do not necessarily describe themselves in the same...

The ECHR and multilateralism as safeguards for equal rights

16/12/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

On International Migrants Day, Theodoros Rousopoulos (Greece, EPP/CD), the Chairperson of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, recalled the importance of upholding human rights for all. This should become a reality in the 21st century for migrants and refugees. The...

Human rights as a prerequisite for accessing the Schengen area

07/12/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

On the eve of the Council of the EU’s decision on the full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis regarding Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania, PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced persons today adopted the following statement: "The Committee welcomes the enlargement of...

European Anti-trafficking Day: ‘our legal obligation to prevent exploitation or abuse’

18/10/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Theodoros Rousopoulos (Greece, EPP/CD), Chair of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, has made the following statement to mark European Anti-trafficking Day (18 October 2022): “Armed conflicts, climate change, economic recession and food insecurity have multiplied the...

The role and needs of the Ukrainian diaspora

10/10/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Ukrainian diaspora in Alsace, the second largest in France, saw its role and responsibilities change after the 24 February 2022 when Russia's aggression against Ukraine began. In an exchange of views held with the Sub-Committee on Diasporas and Integration, Iryna Petrovska, Vice-President of...

World Day against Trafficking: we need to do more to protect victims

29/07/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“On the eve of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 July 2022), I call on everyone to speak out against the immense suffering and abuse inflicted on huge numbers of victims of trafficking,” said Theodoros Rousopoulos (Greece, EPP/CD), Chair of the Migration Committee of the...

New UK legislation threatens the 1951 Refugee Convention

21/06/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

In a declaration adopted today, the PACE Migration Committee has expressed serious concern about the new Nationality and Borders Bill put forward by the United Kingdom Government – and passed by Parliament on 27 April 2022 – which would, in effect, “contravene the United Kingdom’s obligations...

PACE committee calls for greater coherence in assessing which third countries are safe for asylum seekers

21/06/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE’s Migration Committee is encouraging the development of “new and up-to-date criteria” at the Council of Europe level for states to assess the safety of third countries when transferring asylum seekers. Approving a draft resolution based on a report by Stephanie Krisper (Austria, ALDE), the...

Pushbacks on land and sea: illegal measures of migration management

21/06/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Pushbacks have taken on worrying proportions, taking place routinely on land, but also in the more deadly environment of the sea. Pushbacks render the plight of migrants and refugees even harsher, heightening the risk to lose one’s life in an extremely perilous journey. PACE Committee on...

World Refugee Day: as parliamentarians, our duty is to protect all those seeking refuge in Europe

17/06/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Theodoros Rousopoulos (Greece, EPP/CD), Chair of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, has made the following statement to mark World Refugee Day (20 June 2022): “2022 has seen the largest displacement of persons in Europe since the Second World War. Several million...