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Adequate access to healthcare for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees

04/04/2014 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“On the occasion of World Health Day, we call for adequate access to healthcare for all migrants in Europe, including refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. The right to health is a fundamental human right...”

Parliamentarians discuss the need to eradicate statelessness in Europe

04/04/2014 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

A joint parliamentary hearing on the need to eradicate statelessness in Europe, with a particular focus on statelessness among children, is to take place on 9 April on the margins of PACE’s spring session.

Alternatives to sub-standard IDP collective centres

13/03/2014 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

In line with the report by René Rouquet, the committee, meeting in Paris, expressed its concern about the often deplorable living conditions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) housed in collective centres.

Europe lags behind in its efforts to resettle refugees

13/03/2014 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Europe is lagging behind in its efforts to resettle refugees – with only 20 Council of Europe member states resettling only 5,500 people in 2013 – and should do a great deal more, according to the committee.

Better ways to help refugees find work

13/03/2014 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Many Council of Europe member states grant refugees the right to work, seeing it as beneficial to host societies, but a gap remains between the legal right and its practical application, according to the committee.

A specific status for young migrants reaching the age of majority

13/03/2014 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The committee called for the establishment of a transition status for unaccompanied migrant children reaching the age of majority, and for them to continue to be granted, during the transition phase, the most elementary rights.

Unaccompanied and separated asylum seekers turning 18

13/03/2014 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Following the adoption of a Resolution on “Unaccompanied migrant children", the Committee on Migration hosted a workshop to launch a joint field research by UNHCR and the Council of Europe Youth Department.

Rapporteur to make visit to Rome, Lampedusa and Sicily

07/02/2014 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Christopher Chope will travel to Rome, Lampedusa and Trapani for a fact-finding visit in connection with the preparation of a report on “The arrival of mixed migratory flows to Italian coastal areas”.

Migrants in European society: a day for celebrating diversity

17/12/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

International Migrants Day, which falls on 18 December, should be an opportunity to “see the person behind the migrant” and celebrate diversity, according to Anne-Mari Virolainen, Chairperson of the Migration Committee.

Rapporteur deplores ‘no lessons learned’ on lives lost in the Mediterranean

29/11/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“I am shocked to read the results of an investigation into the 11 October boat tragedy in the waters between Lampedusa and Malta, which reveals that over 200 people fleeing Syria died when they could have been saved,” said Tineke Strik.

Immigration detention: parliamentarians can play a role in promoting best practices and minimum standards

22/11/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Speaking at the opening of a conference in Strasbourg on immigration detention in Europe, Annette Groth said that “parliamentarians could help shift attitudes on this issue and push for more alternatives to detention.”

Show ‘generosity and solidarity’ to Syrian refugees

20/11/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Council of Europe member and observer states should show “generosity and solidarity” in admitting Syrian refugees to their territory, and ensure a balanced distribution among countries, a PACE committee has said.