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Moroccan government committed to addressing migration challenges

05/04/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The participants in the conference held in Rabat on 4 and 5 April welcomed the commitment by the Moroccan government to address the challenge represented by migration policy, in a spirit of regional solidarity.

Frontex needs to improve the protection of human rights at European borders

05/04/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Adopting the report by Mikael Cederbratt (Sweden, EPP/CD) yesterday in Rabat, the PACE Migration Committee has recommended that Frontex improve respect and protection of human rights at European borders. This European Union agency’s task is to co-ordinate EU member States’ actions relating to the management and control of the EU’s external borders.

The EU and its member states need to assist the countries beyond their eastern borders more to deal with...

05/04/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Migration Committee, meeting yesterday in Rabat, considers that much more needs to be done in the spirit of international co-operation and burden-sharing by the EU and its member states to assist the countries beyond their eastern borders to deal with migratory pressures.

PACE committee to look at migration between Morocco and European countries

02/04/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons will organise in Rabat on 4-5 April 2013, in co-operation with the Moroccan Parliament, a conference on the theme “How can Morocco and Europe face up to the challenges and opportunities in the field of South-North migration?”.

Following visit to Greece, PACE delegation urges greater European solidarity in handling flows of irregular...

17/01/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon, together with a PACE sub-committee visiting Greece, have urged greater European solidarity to help Greece deal with large numbers of irregular migrants and asylum seekers entering the country.

PACE round table in Budapest: “Unaccompanied migrant children: what rights at 18?”

11/01/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

In the context of the preparation of the report by Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE) on “Unaccompanied migrant children: what rights at 18?”, PACE Committee on Migration is to hold a hearing on 14 January at the European Youth Centre (EYC) in Budapest, in the presence, amongst others, of the rapporteur and of young migrants as well as representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and of the EYC’s decision-making bodies.

Migration on Europe's Southern shores: PACE sub-committee makes a visit to the Greek-Turkish border

11/01/2013 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The members of PACE Ad hoc Sub-Committee on the large-scale arrival of irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees on Europe's Southern shores, accompanied for part of the visit by PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon, will make a fact-finding visit to Greece from 14 to 16 January.

Tribute to all those who have helped save lives in the Mediterranean

18/12/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“There are many faces that do not reach the limelight. Father Zerai’s is one of them,” said Giacomo Santini (Italy, EPP/CD), Chair of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, on International Migrants Day.

Georgia-Russia conflict: politics poisoning humanitarian progress, PACE committee warns

28/11/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Four years on from the war between Georgia and Russia, a pace committee has warned against politics poisoning possibilities for progress on humanitarian issues arising from the war. In a draft resolution based on a report by Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE), approved yesterday in Geneva, PACE’s Migration Committee said the humanitarian consequences of the conflict remained a major concern

Management of migration flows beyond the EU’s eastern border: PACE rapporteur makes fact-finding visit to...

16/10/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Andrea Rigoni (Italy, ALDE), PACE rapporteur of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, will make a fact-finding visit to Turkey on 17-19 October 2012, in preparation for his report on “Management of mixed migration and asylum challenges beyond the European Union’s eastern border”.

Recent boat tragedy off Lampedusa – a strong reminder to Europe on plight of migrants

12/10/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

At the end of his three day visit to Rome and Sicily, the PACE rapporteur on "The arrival of mixed migratory flows to Italian coastal areas", Christopher Chope (United Kingdom, EDG), met with some of the survivors of the recent boat tragedy off Lampedusa in the migrant detention centre of Contrada Milo in Trapani (Sicily).

PACE rapporteur expresses hope that the dialogue between Russia and Georgia on humanitarian issues will...

11/10/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

‘Putting people before politics’ was the theme of discussions in Moscow between Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE), PACE rapporteur on “The War between Georgia and Russia: the humanitarian situation in the war-affected areas”, and Russian representatives. “I have now been able to put my message across of ‘people before politics’ in dealing with humanitarian issues in my visits to Russia and Georgia,” said the rapporteur.