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Taliban's persecution of Afghan women and girls
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PACE committee strongly condemns Taliban's persecution of Afghan women and girls, calls for urgent action...

20/09/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons strongly condemned the systematic persecution of women and girls decided on by the Taliban. They called on member States to respect UNHCR’s non-return advisory applying to Afghanistan, but also to Iran and Pakistan, which host more than...

World Refugee Day
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World Refugee Day 2023: 'Hope away from home'

19/06/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

On the eve of World Refugee Day (20 June 2023), Theodoros Rousopoulos (Greece, EPP/CD), Chair of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, has made the following statement: "Speaking at the Council of Europe’s fourth Summit, PACE President Tiny Kox underlined the importance...

Visit to Sweden on « Migration and asylum in the election campaign and the consequences on the welcoming...

26/05/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Rapporteur on how migration and asylum are being discussed during electoral campaigns, has completed a two-day visit on 24-26 May 2023 in Sweden. Indeed, the Tidö political agreement in the wake of the elections in September 2022 lays the ground for a major...

Paul Galles discusses the challenges faced by Belarusians in exile during a visit to Poland and Lithuania

PACE committee hails ‘resilience, courage and determination’ of exiled Belarusians, urges practical support...

12/05/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE’s Migration Committee has hailed the “resilience, courage and determination” of Belarusians who have been forced into exile by the repression of the Lukashenka regime – and urged states hosting them to take legal and practical steps to welcome them. In a unanimously-approved draft resolution...

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PACE committee proposes free access for migrants and refugees to sports facilities and activities to...

11/05/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE Migration Committee has proposed that migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons should be granted free access to sports centres, clubs and activities, and provided with free team strips if they need them, as a way of promoting their social inclusion. In a draft resolution adopted...

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PACE Migration Committee calls for the respect of fundamental rights during Operation “Wuambushu” in Mayotte

11/05/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting in Paris, has adopted the following declaration, proposed at the initiative of Emmanuel Fernandes (France, UEL): “France is conducting a large-scale police operation...

Border crossing between Belarus and Lithuania
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Lithuania: rapporteur on pushbacks expresses grave concerns about the legality of amendments to new border...

27/04/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Rapporteur on Pushbacks on land and sea: illegal measures of migration management, has made the following statement: “On 25 April 2023, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania approved the amendments to the Law on the State Border and its Protection...

Paul Gavan (Ireland, UEL)

PACE Rapporteur seeks access to Lachin corridor to see at first hand the situation on the ground

24/04/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Paul Gavan (Ireland, UEL), rapporteur on “Addressing the humanitarian consequences of the blockade of the Lachin corridor” made the following statement: "On 23 April 2023, I was informed that a border checkpoint was established by the Republic of Azerbaijan at the starting point of the Lachin...

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PACE committee expresses grave concerns regarding the United Kingdom’s Illegal Migration Bill

24/04/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting on the margins of the Assembly’s plenary session in Strasbourg, has adopted the following declaration, proposed at the initiative of Lord Leslie Griffiths (United...

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PACE committee urges humanitarian visas for the victims of the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria

24/04/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Committee on Migration, Refugees and Demography of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting on the margin of the Assembly’s plenary session in Strasbourg, has adopted the following declaration: “On 6 February 2023, massive earthquakes hit Türkiye and Syria, killing...

Ending Türkiye visit, Rapporteur urges all member States to respond to the ‘forgotten Afghan refugee crisis'

17/04/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE’s Rapporteur on the crisis facing Afghan refugees Birgir Thórarinsson (Iceland, EPP/CD), ending a three-day visit to Türkiye (12-14 April 2023), has praised the country’s “commendable efforts” to provide access to services to registered refugees, but noted that several challenges remain. He...

Paul Galles discusses the challenges faced by Belarusians in exile during a visit to Poland and Lithuania

Rapporteur discusses the challenges faced by Belarusians in exile during visit to Poland and Lithuania

04/04/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The challenges faced by Belarusians in exile was the focus of a fact-finding visit to Warsaw and Vilnius by Paul Galles (Luxembourg, EPP/CD), who is preparing a report on this topic for the Assembly. In Vilnius he made the first ever visit by a Council of Europe representative to Belarus...