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Improve the humanitarian situation of IDPs from the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

30/11/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

"I noted the immense efforts achieved by the Georgian Government in providing housing, welfare and social integration for the hundreds of thousands of persons displaced from the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia," said Killion Munyama.

Doris Fiala: ‘too many migrant children are still being detained in unacceptable conditions’

20/11/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

"Today is Universal Children’s Day, a day on which we celebrate the UN Convention which reminds us that children are first and foremost children, irrespective of the national, ethnic or any other status,” said Doris Fiala.

Migration: humanitarian winter plan for the Greek islands urged

20/11/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Petra De Sutter (Belgium, SOC) called upon the Greek Government to hear the repeated call of the NGOs and respond with a plan for this winter to relieve the Greek islands of Samos, Lesbos and Chios.

Ahead of meeting with EU counterparts, rapporteur underlines suffering of migrants separated from their...

17/10/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Ulla Sandbæk, rapporteur on family reunification for migrants and refugees, speaking ahead of a meeting with EU officials, has underlined the suffering that migrants can experience if they are separated from their families.

Unaccompanied migrant children: a call for child-friendly age assessment procedures

20/09/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

UNICEF reports that some 170,000 unaccompanied minors arrived in Europe in 2015-2016, often having no identity documents. In order to offer them protection and assistance, it is necessary to determine their age.

PACE launches Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies in Lisbon

08/09/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE today in Lisbon launched the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies, whose aim is to promote policy and legislative reforms regarding the role of diasporas in countries of origin and host societies.

Eduardo Ferro: 'diasporas are much more than movements of populations'

07/09/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

"Diasporas are much more than movements of populations: they are a factor in cultural enrichment and plurality, in both the countries of reception and origin," said Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues.

René Rouquet: 'make migration a win-win factor for host societies and countries of origin'

07/09/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“Migration is an opportunity for making our societies stronger and better adapting them to the challenges of the modern world,” said René Rouquet, Vice-President of the PACE, in Lisbon today in his opening speech.

Tomas Bocek: ‘promoting the inclusion of diasporas in host societies; protecting their right to be different’

07/09/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

« Policies for diasporas are sorely needed. The expertise of the Council of Europe together with national parliamentarians and diaspora associations can help ensure that new policies promote the inclusion of diasporas in host societies », today said Tomas Bocek.

A parliamentary network on diaspora policies

01/09/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Parliamentary Assembly is organising a conference to launch the Parliamentary network on diaspora policies on 7 and 8 September in Lisbon, at the invitation of the Portuguese Parliament.

PACE rapporteur urges Hungary to work more closely with NGOs helping migrants

27/06/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Duarte Marques has urged the Hungarian authorities to co-operate more closely with non-governmental organisations assisting migrants, as well as international organisations dealing with migration issues.

World Refugee Day: European countries should host people in need of protection

20/06/2017 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“European countries should make more of an effort to receive and host people in need of international protection in a dignified way," said Sahiba Gafarova, speaking on World Refugee Day.