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A joint webinar, organized by the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons and the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the PACE, will take place on 3 June 2021 from 10 am to 12 pm. The webinar will focus on the need to provide gender-specific migration systems and the challenges this represents, both in devising policies which ensure equal treatment and access to protection and rights, and in ensuring that these policies are implemented adequately on the ground, while ensuring migrants’ involvement in decision-making processes. You can join the webinar by clicking here.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that in times of crisis and catastrophe, migrants and especially the most vulnerable among them, women and children, must benefit from the same protection as nationals. This is not just in the interest of migrants but in the interests of all (healthcare, sanitary measures, social assistance and support, etc). With a resurgence of the virus in many European countries after the summer months, now more than ever, countries have to learn from the experience so far. No country can solve the pandemic or the issues of migration and asylum on their own, these are global phenomena, which require countries, governments, parliamentarians and organisations to work together in a spirit of solidarity.

Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chairperson of the Committee, has prepared the following report:
Humanitarian consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for migrants and refugees

 

Many parliamentarians across Europe have a right to visit detention centres for irregular migrants and asylum seekers as part of their mandate as national parliamentarians. Yet a survey conducted by the Assembly has shown that this right is not always known to parliamentarians or used to its full capacity. The Committee has developed a guide to raise awareness of this right and encourage and assist parliamentarians in carrying out visits to detention centres.  More

Did you know ?

In January 2020, Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC) was elected as Chairperson of the Committee.