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New Italian law restricting migrant rescue ‘could add to number of victims’

14/08/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

A new Italian law restricting migrant rescue NGOs could “increase the number of victims” and should be submitted for international expert opinion before coming into force, according to Doris Fiala.

A plan for helping victims of disasters driven by climate change

25/06/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE’s Migration Committee has set out a plan for better protecting the victims of natural disasters caused by climate change – including laws to protect people forced to move internally “for environmental reasons”.

Easing the effects of labour migration from eastern Europe

25/06/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

European countries should work together to reduce the negative aspects of people leaving eastern Europe to work in the EU or western Europe – such as “brain-drain”, dwindling populations, or falling social security contributions.

Doris Fiala urges parliaments to lead the debate on humane refugee policy

20/06/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Chair of the Migration Committee has urged parliaments to lead the political debate on devising humane refugee policies, recalling: “it is a legal and moral obligation to treat with humanity everyone seeking refuge in Europe”.

Final conference of the Parliamentary Campaign to end detention of migrant children

18/06/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children will host its final conference in the Council of Europe, on 26 June 2019.This event will sum up the work done by the Committee on Migration.

The Platform of Women of the Congolese Diaspora of Belgium take home the European Diaspora Prize

13/06/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Platform of Women of the Congolese Diaspora of Belgium is the first winner of the European Diaspora Prize awarded at the Annual Diaspora Forum of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies of the PACE.

Stop violence and exploitation of migrant children

03/06/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Committee on Migration expressed concern by the serious threats that migrant children face on their way to Europe, and important gaps in the policies and procedures, “which limit the legal opportunities for migration in Europe”.

Member States must halt 'pushback' policies and expulsion of migrants

31/05/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The PACE Migration Committee, meeting in Zürich on 29 May, expressed concern at the persistent practices and policy of pushbacks, which are in violation of the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees.

Forum on "The democratic participation of diaspora"

24/05/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The PACE Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies will hold its Annual Diaspora Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 June 2019. It will focus on democratic participation of diaspora, with a focus on integration, voting rights and citizenship.

Rapporteur, ending Balkan visit, expresses concern at reception centre conditions and questions ‘pushback...

03/04/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Tineke Strik has expressed extreme concern at the conditions in two reception centres for asylum-seekers in Bosnia and Herzegovina,and has questioned Croatian denials that “pushbacks” onto Bosnian territory are taking place.

The role of diasporas in the development of civil society

27/03/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

80 participants from 22 countries discussed the role of diasporas in the development of civil society, and in particular the mechanisms to ensure the better involvement of diasporas and civil society in decision-making processes.

Pushback action by member States: visit by the rapporteur

25/03/2019 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Tineke Strik will make a visit on 27-28 March to Zagreb and Cetingrad (Croatia) and to Velika Kladusa (Bosnia and Herzegovina), as part of the preparation of her report on pushback action by member State.