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.
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.
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.
“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.
Introduction and overview of activities
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.