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Migrants and refugees, ‘doubly affected’ by the COVID-19 pandemic, says committee

07/09/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

According to the Migration Committee, which today adopted the report by Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC) on the humanitarian consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for migrants and refugees, these vulnerable groups are “doubly impacted” in this crisis situation. Indeed, the adopted text...

'Human trafficking is like a global pandemic'

29/07/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“Human trafficking is like a global pandemic,” said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chairperson of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, on the eve of the World Day against Trafficking in Human Beings held on 30 July. “None of us – neither governments, parliaments...

Srebrenica: what can we do to bring justice to the victims?

15/07/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

"Europe and the world commemorate the genocide in Srebrenica 25 years ago. We parliamentarians must ask essential questions: what have we done and what can we do to bring justice to the victims of these crimes against humanity? And what could prevent future massacres intended to force people to...

Migration Committee Chairperson supports call by EU Presidency to relocate rescued boat migrants

08/07/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“I am grateful to Italy for having allowed the 180 migrants on board the vessel Ocean Viking, to be transferred to the Italian ship Moby Zaza for quarantine, medical support and registration of asylum applications,” Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chairperson of the Committee on Migration...

Investment migration must comply with Council of Europe legal standards

03/07/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

National programmes for the award of citizenship, residence permits and tax domiciles to foreign investors must respect the legal standards set by the Council of Europe, the Committee on Migration underlined today, and Member States should do their utmost to ensure that “investment migration does...

Strengthening guardianship systems for unaccompanied and separated migrant children

03/07/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

According to the Migration Committee, member States do not currently ensure effective guardianship systems for unaccompanied and separated migrant children, guaranteeing the protection and respect of their fundamental rights. “Guardianship systems are not harmonised across Europe. There is a...

COVID-19: Exchange of views on the humanitarian consequences for refugees and migrants

22/06/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons will discuss the impact of the pandemic for migrants, and the lessons to be learned for future migration policies. The exchange will feed into a report to be debated by the Assembly in the autumn. The meeting, from 3.30-4.30 pm on...

COVID-19: Protecting the health of refugees during and after the crisis

19/06/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“On the occasion of World Refugee Day, I would like to join appeals for action to protect the health of the most vulnerable people in displacement during and after the COVID-19 crisis,” said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chairperson of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and...

COVID-19 / Missing Children’s Day: missing migrant children need our help

25/05/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“Today on the occasion of International Missing Children’s Day, I would like to call special attention to the problem of missing refugee and migrant children in Europe,” said Serap Yaşar (Turkey, NR), PACE’s rapporteur on “Missing refugee and migrant children in Europe. “The pandemic situation...

COVID-19: A rapporteur urges aid for internally displaced children

11/05/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Rósa Björk Brynjólfsdóttir (Iceland, UEL), PACE rapporteur on “Stop violence against, and exploitation of, migrant children”, has called for urgent action from European governments to assist internally displaced children, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “UNICEF’s new report, Lost at Home...

COVID-19: A rapporteur praises Greece for humanitarian transfer of vulnerable migrants from island camps

05/05/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“It is an outstanding effort during the current pandemic that Greece transferred several hundred vulnerable migrants from island camps to Athens on 4 May. I wish to praise Greece for this humanitarian act, at a moment when Greece will begin to chair the Committee of Ministers,” declared Fabien...

COVID-19: Refugees are in a vicious circle that make them particularly vulnerable

14/04/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The special session of the UN Security Council on 9 April rightfully emphasised the severe repercussions of the Covid 19 pandemic on civilian populations in conflict zones.