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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.

COVID-19: Migration Committee head calls on States to show greater solidarity with migrants

03/04/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Pierre-Alain Fridez has welcomed yesterday's ruling by the European Court of Justice that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, by refusing to comply with the temporary mechanism for the relocation of applicants for international protection in 2015, “failed to fulfil their obligations under EU law”.

COVID-19: The head of PACE’s Sub-Committee on Diasporas urges governments to make it easier for diasporas...

03/04/2020 | Parliamentary Support

The head of PACE’s Sub-Committee on Diasporas has urged European governments to make it easier for diasporas to send money home to their countries of origin during the COVID-19 crisis. Killion Munyama (Poland, EPP/CD), who is also Co-ordinator of PACE’s Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies...

COVID-19: Migrant children behind bars face added threats during the pandemic

27/03/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“Thousands of migrant children are kept behind bars all over the world, particularly in the context of administrative detention. During the global COVID-19 pandemic these children face worse threats to their health and safety,” said Rósa Björk Brynjólfsdóttir.

COVID-19: ‘Member States must provide humanitarian aid to refugees in camps', says Migration Committee head

25/03/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

"In the current extreme health situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, member States cannot neglect the terrible plight of refugees in camps and must provide humanitarian assistance to refugees in great need," said Pierre-Alain Fridez.

COVID-19: rapporteur shocked by child's death during fire at Moria reception centre, highlights worrying...

17/03/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“I am deeply shocked by the news that a young child died on Monday 16 March in a fire at the Reception and Identification Centre at Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos,” said Fabien Gouttefarde.

World NGO Day: a moment to honour those who help refugees and migrants, saving lives

26/02/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

"I wish to express our support to the numerous NGOs which are so essential in providing vital humanitarian assistance to refugees and migrants around the world,” said Domagoj Hajduković.

International Migrants’ Day: ‘Promoting the standards of the Council of Europe’

17/12/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

National parliaments, members of PACE, must continue to promote the values and standards of the Council of Europe and work together towards safe and sustainable migration management for the future.

Concerted action against human trafficking

02/12/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Council of Europe should “do more to combat human trafficking and to ensure that its legal standards are adequate and implemented by all member States”, the Committee on Migration said.

The implications of Brexit for migration

02/12/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Committee on Migration called upon the UK authorities, whether Brexit finally happens or not, “to undertake a thorough review of all aspects of migration policies” from entry to settlement through residence.