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25 Nov 2018 description
report Council of Europe

SUMMARY

Commissioner Dunja Mijatović and her team visited Greece from 25 to 29 June 2018. During the visit, the Commissioner held discussions on issues pertaining to the reception and integration of migrants, including asylum seekers, and to the impact of austerity measures on the rights to health and education.

The present report focuses on the following major issues:

Reception and integration of migrants, including asylum seekers:

22 Sep 2018 description
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“The right to family life applies to everyone, including refugees and migrants,” said the Migration Committee, which called on member States to “develop common guidelines” to implement the right to family reunification. “Families must not be torn apart and they should not be prevented from reuniting after an often dangerous departure from their country of origin,” the parliamentarians said, approving the report by Ulla Sandbæk (Denmark, UEL).

26 Jul 2018 description
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“I welcome the very humane approach towards the care of migrant children, who are also provided with psychological support and education, said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), General Rapporteur on the Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children, ending a visit to two shelters for unaccompanied migrant children, operated by SOS Children’s Villages in Greece on 23 July.

Mr Fridez, who was heading a parliamentary delegation, commended SOS Children’s Villages Greece for their work in upholding the human rights and best interests of migrant children.

14 Jul 2018 description
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“The situation for asylum seekers continues to be appalling in the Greek Reception and Identification Centre at Moria on the island of Lesbos, which houses 7500 people at present,” said Petra De Sutter (Belgium, SOC) who visited Athens, Kavala, Drama and Lesbos from 10 to 12 July for the preparation of her future PACE report on “Greek islands: more needs to be done.

29 Jun 2018 description
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Summary

Europe is a destination for people seeking international protection or a better life, due to wars, political turmoil and the poverty affecting its neighbouring regions. This inflow adds to the migrants and refugees who have already settled in Europe. At the same time, populists question Europe’s capacity to absorb a greater number of migrants and refugees, as well as the latter’s willingness to integrate.

28 Jun 2018 description
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Council of Europe member States should put the protection of human life above all other considerations during sea rescues, regardless of the status of those involved, PACE has said after a major triple debate in Strasbourg on the migration and refugee crisis.

12 Jun 2018 description
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Doris Fiala (Switzerland, ALDE), Chairperson of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, 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 rescued from Libya’s coast, including over 120 unaccompanied minors as well as other children and several pregnant women.

09 Jun 2018 description
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“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. This decision shows that migration deals put refugees at risk of being used as an instrument in political conflicts. I call upon all parties in this conflict to give priority to the interests and rights of the refugees” said Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), PACE rapporteur on the human rights impact of the external dimension of European Union asylum and migration policy.

05 Jun 2018 description
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Recalling that, as a general principle under international law, persons should apply for refugee status in the first safe country of arrival and that any country of first arrival must receive and duly process such applications, PACE’s 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”.

05 Jun 2018 description
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PACE’s Migration 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.

In a resolution based on a report by Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), the committee said that these externalisation policies had been introduced “without due regard for the need to ensure that their implementation does not jeapardise human rights”.

28 Apr 2018 description
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PACE has urged Council of Europe member States to provide free schooling for all migrant children, in line with their international undertakings, and to treat them in the same way as other children for educational purposes.

“Education is a powerful tool for integration of migrants and refugees and for the empowerment of young people destabilised by situations for which they are not responsible,” the Assembly declared in a resolution adopted on the basis of a report by Petra De Sutter (Netherlands, SOC).

27 Mar 2018 description

Joint press release from UNHCR and the Council of Europe

European Qualifications Passport for Refugees: integration through education and employment

Strasbourg/Athens, 27.03.2018 - Since the beginning of what is often referred to as the refugee crisis in Europe, the recognition of refugees’ qualifications has become one of the main tools to integrate them into European societies.

22 Mar 2018 description
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At its meeting in Amman, the Migration Committee expressed its deep concern at member States’ failure to respect their undertakings with regard to education for migrant children, and stressed the urgent need to provide “efficient educational programs", as well as appropriate infrastructures and teaching resources.

22 Mar 2018 description
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Within Europe, more than four million persons are displaced inside their own country due to armed conflicts and violence. And their humanitarian needs and rights, PACE Committee on Migration said today, need greater attention and concerted efforts to reduce their suffering.

14 Mar 2018 description
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“The situation in Syria has severely deteriorated to the extent that the UN Secretary General has described it as ‘hell on earth’ and, on the political front, the international community has failed to achieve a political solution,” said Dora Bakoyannis (Greece, EPP/CD), speaking today in the framework of the preparation of a report on the issue, at the opening of a hearing on the situation in Syria and its effects upon surrounding countries, organised in Paris by the Political Affairs Committee.

02 Mar 2018 description
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Introduction and overview of activities

  1. The Secretary General appointed me to be his Special Representative on Migration and Refugees as of 1 February 2016. I am the first person to hold the post, the creation of which was announced in December 2015. My first mandate was for two years; a second two-year mandate has recently been agreed.

16 Dec 2017 description
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On International Migrants' Day, the Committee on Migration adopted the following statement:

29 Nov 2017 description
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UNICEF reports that some 170,000 unaccompanied minors arrived in Europe in 2015-2016, often having no identity documents. In order to offer them protection and assistance, it is necessary to determine their age. However, currently there is no assessment process which can determine the exact age of individuals.

Meeting in Copenhagen at Standing Committee level, the parliamentarians said that the development of a child-sensitive, holistic model of age assessment would enable European states to meet the needs of unaccompanied and separated children.

21 Sep 2017 description
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UNICEF reports that some 170,000 unaccompanied minors arrived in Europe in 2015-2016, often having no identity documents. In order to offer them protection and assistance, it is necessary to determine their age. However, currently there is no assessment process which can determine the exact age of individuals.

The PACE Committee on Migration believes that the development of a child-sensitive, holistic model of age assessment would enable European states to meet the needs of unaccompanied and separated children.