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International Migrants Day

18/12/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

On International Migrants Day, Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chair of the Migration Committee, made a pressing appeal for increased protection of migrant workers against exploitation and the violation of their human rights. “Thirty years ago, on 18 December 1990, the United Nations...

Protecting and assisting victims of arbitrary displacement

02/12/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Migration Committee, meeting by videoconference, today expressed its deep concern over victims of arbitrary displacement. The report by Fabien Gouttefarde (France, ALDE), unanimously adopted by the committee, indicates that, according to the UNHCR, nearly 80 million persons have been...

‘Missile strikes on civilian areas have to stop’, says Migration Committee Chairperson

29/10/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“Missile strikes on civilian areas have to stop,” said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chairperson of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons. “The strike on the Azeri town of Barda, reportedly killing 21, is a tragedy. So is the strike which reportedly hit a maternity...

Webinar: the importance of migrants’ remittances in times of crisis

02/10/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

A virtual parliamentary webinar on the importance of migrants’ remittances in times of crisis heard evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on amounts being sent home by migrants, and discussed ways of keeping these transfers flowing and making them easier. The webinar, which was organised by PACE’s...

Moria, Lesbos: chronicle of a disaster foretold

11/09/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“The fires that have now burnt out the Moria camp for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Lesbos is a chronicle of a disaster foretold,” said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chairperson of the PACE Migration Committee. “We know what happens when thousands of persons are confined in...

PACE committee condemns attacks on NGOs who assist refugees and migrants

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

PACE’s Migration Committee has strongly condemned attacks on NGOs and their donors who are assisting refugees and migrants and said that governments or political organisations should not use such NGOs as “vehicles for extending their sphere of influence through political agitation”. It pointed...

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...