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Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC)

Pushbacks on land and sea: illegal measures of migration management

21/06/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Pushbacks have taken on worrying proportions, taking place routinely on land, but also in the more deadly environment of the sea. Pushbacks render the plight of migrants and refugees even harsher, heightening the risk to lose one’s life in an extremely perilous journey. PACE Committee on...

Theodoros Rousopoulos (Greece, EPP/CD)

World Refugee Day: as parliamentarians, our duty is to protect all those seeking refuge in Europe

17/06/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Theodoros Rousopoulos (Greece, EPP/CD), Chair of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, has made the following statement to mark World Refugee Day (20 June 2022): “2022 has seen the largest displacement of persons in Europe since the Second World War. Several million...

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Measures to address the needs of refugees and displaced persons and the humanitarian crisis caused by...

03/06/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Migration Committee today expressed its concern at the humanitarian consequences of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine, leading to the largest population movement since the Second World War. It commended the solidarity of member States, which by mid-May 2022 had taken in more...

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Protecting and caring for unaccompanied or separated migrant and refugee children

03/06/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine, as well as the increase in arrivals of asylum seekers and migrants across the Mediterranean Sea, have caused rapidly growing numbers of unaccompanied and separated migrant and refugee children in Europe. Confronted with this worrying situation...

Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC)

Humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine: PACE rapporteur assesses situation in Slovakia, Ukraine...

10/05/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“Cooperation and coordination between the central, regional and local levels is key to ensuring that the needs of more than 5 million refugees and 7 to 9 million IDPs are met in the medium and long term,” said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), rapporteur on “the humanitarian consequences...

Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC)

Pushbacks on land and sea: illegal measures of migration management

29/04/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC) expressed his deep concern about the fate of victims of pushbacks at Europe’s borders, at the end of his fact-finding visit to Frontex in Poland (20-22 April). Mr Fridez, who is currently preparing a report on this issue for the Migration Committee met with...

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Reinforcing each other’s’ actions to support the rights of migrants, refugees and displaces persons

28/04/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

At its meeting held on 27-28 April 2022, the Migration Committee held exchanges of views with Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, and Leyla Kayacik, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees. Focus was placed on pushbacks, the...

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Committee calls for evacuation of persons fleeing Russian aggression against Ukraine from neighbouring...

21/03/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

In a declaration adopted unanimously today, the Committee on Migration called for a coordinated humanitarian response by member States to evacuate persons who fled the armed conflict in Ukraine from neighbouring countries “by resettlement and relocation, and without discrimination”. The...

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Fact-finding mission on pushbacks and safe third countries

21/02/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

On 21 and 22 February 2022, Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), rapporteur on "Pushbacks on land and sea: illegal measures of migration management", together with Stephanie Krisper (Austria, ALDE), rapporteur on "Safe third countries for asylum seekers", visited the border area between...

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PACE urges improvements to the proposed new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum

24/01/2022 | Session

PACE has welcomed the EU’s commitment to integrating European human rights fully into all its policies on migration and asylum, but has said its proposed new Pact on Migration and Asylum is “very complex” and raises concerns that proposed accelerated asylum procedures may reduce their quality and...

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Europe must remain committed to open and regular channels for migrant workers

17/12/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“On the occasion of International Migrants Day, 18 December 2021, we can celebrate the creation of the International Organisation for Migration 70 years ago, as well as the 31st anniversary of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their...

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A warm welcome at the Council of Europe for Little Amal, and a pledge of support for other refugee children...

30/09/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

There was a warm welcome today at the Council of Europe for Little Amal, a 3.5m-tall animated puppet of a nine-year-old refugee from Syria, the latest stop on her 8,000-kilometre journey across the continent to raise awareness of the situation of child refugees. “The Walk” is Amal’s epic voyage...