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Migrants should never be refused entry or expelled because of their HIV status

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

Migrants should never be refused entry to a country or expelled because of their HIV status, according to PACE’s Migration Committee meeting today in Paris.

Migrants bring real benefits to European society

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

Migrants – who represent 8.7 per cent of Europe’s population – actually make an important contribution to society in terms of the economy, demography, culture and politics, says the committee.

Combating hate against migrants: parliamentarians need to be brave and lead

30/10/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Parliamentarians need to be brave in standing up for positions that may not be popular, especially when it comes to dealing with migrant issues in a time of economic crisis, the Chair of PACE’s Migration Committee has said.

Rapporteur assesses IDP accommodation conditions in Georgia

29/10/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

René Rouquet will make a fact-finding visit to examine the situation of internally displaced people as part of the preparation of a report on the subject.

Parliamentarians visit detainees in Zurich Airport prison

18/10/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Ten parliamentarians from eight different countries visited the deportation section of the prison at Zurich Airport as part of a training programme on carrying out visits to immigration detention centres.

Lampedusa: call for investigation into allegations that boats failed to carry out rescue

04/10/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE rapporteur on 'Lives lost in the Mediterranean', today called for an investigation into allegations that fishing or other boats failed to go to the rescue of drowning persons off the island of Lampedusa.

Italy ill-prepared to handle migration surge, committee says

02/10/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Italy has shown once again that it is "ill-prepared" for a new surge of mixed migration on its coasts, according to a draft report just out from PACE’s Migration Committee.

Tineke Strik criticises delay in investigating the fate of missing persons from Europe’s conflicts

30/08/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), Vice-Chairperson for the Migration Committee, stressed the importance of speeding up the solution to the problem of missing persons...

Assistance to Syrian refugees: after Lebanon, PACE rapporteur continues visit to Turkey

21/08/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Jean-Marie Bockel (France, EPP/CD), who is preparing a PACE report on international assistance for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq, today begins a fact-finding visit to Turkey (21 to 22 August 2013)...

On World Refugee Day, PACE President deplores ‘unprecedented’ suffering of Syrian refugees

19/06/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“The drastic situation of the Syrian refugees is worsening and has reached an unprecedented level of suffering. A million and a half Syrians have fled their country; it is an humanitarian disaster", Jean-Claude Mignon said.

Integration tests for migrants should not become a barrier and lead to exclusion

04/06/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“The fundamental dilemma for Europe is the extent to which integration tests for migrants promote integration and the point at which they become a barrier and actually begin to inhibit it", Tineke Strik said.

Resettlement of refugees just a drop in the ocean

04/06/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

At a hearing on the resettlement of refugees, Eric Voruz, rapporteur on the subject, called for increased solidarity between European countries. "We must all be more supportive towards countries such as Malta", he said.