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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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”.
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...
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.
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.
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.