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Ensuring the right to family reunification of migrants and refugees

21/09/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“The right to family life applies to everyone, including refugees and migrants,” said the Committee, which called on member States to “develop common guidelines” to implement the right to family reunification.

European Diaspora Prize: two weeks left to submit nominations

03/08/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The call for nominations for the 2018 European Diaspora Prize will be closed on 15 August next. The European Diaspora Prize rewards every year the action of a outstanding diaspora association.

Greece: parliamentary visit to SOS Children’s Villages

26/07/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

I welcome the very humane approach towards the care of migrant children in SOS Children’s Villages in Greece, said Pierre-Alain Fridez, General Rapporteur on the Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children.

More efforts needed for refugees’ reception on Greek islands

13/07/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The situation for asylum seekers continues to be appalling in the Moria reception and identification Centre on the island of Lesbos, which houses 7500 people at present, said Petra De Sutter who visited Athens, Kavala, Drama and Lesbos.

EU migration deal a ‘step forward’ but international law and human rights must be guaranteed

29/06/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE rapporteurs Petra De Sutter and Domagoj Hajdukovic have jointly acknowledged the conclusions adopted last night by the EU Council on migration and sea rescue.

Doris Fiala: “Countries in demographic decline refuse to see the advantage of welcoming young refugees”

20/06/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

"The world’s refugees deserve our help, yet once again Europe is failing to find a united humanitarian response", the Chair of the Committee on Migration said today on the occasion of the World Refugee Day.

Migration Committee Chair: sea rescue operations need all Europe’s support and solidarity

11/06/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Doris Fiala, Chairperson of the Migration Committee, has commended Spain for its offer to open the port of Valencia to the Aquarius, now drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants on board.

Refugees must not be a tool for political pressure in Turkey, says rapporteur

08/06/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“I am dismayed at the Turkish authorities’ announcement that its readmission agreement with Greece has been suspended, following the release from custody in Greece of Turkish soldiers seeking asylum in Greece".

Rapporteur praises Turkey’s great efforts to manage 3.6 million migrants

04/06/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

At the end of a fact-finding visit to Ankara, Istanbul and Kirklareli, PACE rapporteur Tineke Strik has praised Turkey’s great efforts to manage the 3.6 million migrants in the country.

Aid for Syrian refugees living in neighbouring countries ‘indispensable’, says PACE committee

04/06/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The committee has said that greater financial support from the international community for refugees in the countries neighbouring Syria is “indispensable”, while calling on these countries to maintain an “open-door” policy.

Committee urges states to allow applications for refugee status from abroad and to create safe 'refugee...

04/06/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Meeting today in Paris, the Migration Committee has called on Council of Europe member States to allow applications for asylum from outside the country “as an exceptional measure on humanitarian grounds”.

Border control by third countries should still respect human rights

04/06/2018 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The committee has urged the EU or individual states making agreements with third countries for “external” border control or asylum processing to ensure that they guarantee human rights.