Logo Assembly Logo Hemicycle

News

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.

Humanitarian situation in the areas affected by the war between Georgia and Russia: visit by PACE...

08/10/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE), member of PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons will make a fact-finding visit to Moscow on 9-10 October as part of the preparation of her report on “The war between Georgia and Russia: the humanitarian situation in the war-affected areas”.

Arrival of migrants to Italian coastal areas: visit by PACE co-rapporteur to Italy

08/10/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Christopher Chope (United Kingdom, EDG), member of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a fact-finding visit first to Rome (9-10 October) then Sicily (11 October) as part of the preparation of his report on “The arrival of mixed migratory flows to Italian coastal areas”.

Potential cases of trafficking of migrants for forced labour purposes should not be viewed primarily in...

27/09/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“The economic crisis reinforces the already significant vulnerability of irregular migrants and increases still further the number of victims for this form of trafficking. Currently, migrants already account for almost half of the total number of the some 20.9 million trapped in forced labour world-wide. Trafficking of human beings affects virtually every country in the world, either as a country of origin, transit or destination,” told Annette Groth (Germany, UEL).

PACE Migration Committee strongly opposed to detention of undocumented migrant children

14/09/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Undocumented migrant children are, first and foremost, children, the PACE Migration Committee recalled at a hearing on the detention of unaccompanied and accompanied undocumented children organised in Paris on 14 September. It underlined that the best interests of the child must be a primary consideration in any action taken in relation to the child and the child’s family.

Boat tragedies off Turkey and Lampedusa: further warnings for Europe

07/09/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“The latest sinking incidents – the terrible loss of life off the coast of Turkey yesterday, in which so many children died, and the news that some people are still missing after the incident off Lampedusa in the early hours of this morning – are a warning to Europe of what can happen when humanitarian tragedies are ignored, said Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), who has investigated boat deaths in the Mediterranean for the PACE.

‘Deaths in the Mediterranean Sea: will they ever end?’ asks PACE rapporteur Tineke Strik

12/07/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“Yet again, a dinghy with 55 people on board drifted for 15 days on the Mediterranean. This time, only one person survived. When will this ever end?,” today asked Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), PACE rapporteur on “Lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea: who is responsible?”. She expressed her great sadness and anger over the deaths of another 54 boat people fleeing Libya towards Italy.

State violence against migrants must be investigated and stamped out, say PACE committee heads

06/07/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Chairs of PACE Migration and Equality Committees, Giacomo Santini (Italy, EPP/CD) and Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE), have expressed grave concern at an increasing number of incidents of state violence against migrants and refugees.

‘Left-to-die’ boat tragedy: PACE findings to be presented in Rome and Brussels

03/07/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), whose inquiry for PACE uncovered a “catalogue of failures” that led to the deaths of 63 people fleeing Libya by sea after their distress calls were ignored, will present her findings to the Human Rights Committee of the Italian Senate on 4 July in Rome.

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

03/07/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE rapporteur Andrea Rigoni (Italy, ALDE) will make a fact-finding visit to Ukraine on 4-6 July 2012, in preparation for his report on “Management of mixed migration and asylum challenges beyond the European Union’s eastern border”.

Giacomo Santini: ‘Europe must fulfil its destiny as a land of asylum’

20/06/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

On the occasion of World Refugee Day, Giacomo Santini (EPP/CD), President of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, today made the following statement: “From time immemorial, conflicts throughout the world have forced people to flee from their countries in millions..."