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International organisations' and national web sites
NGO’s,academic and sites

Council of Europe sites

The Council of Europe today deals with racism - which extends beyond national borders - by means of a global approach, covering the range of problems faced by society and, above all, involving all member States on an equal footing. Since 1993, this has become the specific mandate of a committee composed of independent members, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

Council of Europe action in the field of protection of minorities and integrating diversity is based on the principle that the protection of minorities is part of the universal protection of human rights.

Action includes standard setting, intergovernmental co-operation, activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability and confidence building measures in civil society. It extends to many related policy fields and involves, in addition to the intergovernmental co-operation, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe as well as specialised bodies.

Action in the field of protection of national minorities and integrating diversity are a continuously evolving process.

International organisations' and national web sites

The Population Division is responsible for providing the international community with up-to-date and scientifically objective information on population and development. The Population Division provides guidance to the United Nations General Assembly, Economic and Social Council and the Commission on Population and Development on population and development issues and undertakes regular studies on population levels, trends, population estimates and projections, population policies and population and development interrelationships.

UNHCR, the United Nations refugee organization, is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems.
UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, and to return home voluntarily.

Special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants

Special rapporteur examines ways and means to overcome the obstacles existing to the full and effective protection of the human rights of this vulnerable group, including obstacles and difficulties for the return of migrants who are non-documented or in an irregular situation, with the following functions:

(a) To request and receive information from all relevant sources, including migrants themselves, on violations of the human rights of migrants and their families;
(b) To formulate appropriate recommendations to prevent and remedy violations of the human rights of migrants, wherever they may occur;
(c) To promote the effective application of relevant international norms and standards on the issue;
(d) To recommend actions and measures applicable at the national, regional and international levels to eliminate violations of the human rights of migrants;
(e) To take into account a gender perspective when requesting and analysing information, as well as to give special attention to the occurrence of multiple discrimination and violence against migrant women.

The International Migration Branch (MIGRANT) main task is to assist countries in policy formulation, and in establishing or strengthening legislation, administrative measures, structures and practices for effective management of labour migration. It focus on three component objectives: protecting the rights of migrant workers and promoting their integration in countries of destination and countries of origin; forging an international consensus on how to manage migration; improving the knowledge base on international migration.

International Organization for migration (IOM), is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights is the principal OSCE institution responsible for promoting progress in the Human Dimension, strengthening democratic structures, and advancing human rights

The policy on asylum, the free movement of persons, visa policy, rules governing the crossing of the EU's external borders, immigration policy and the rights of nationals of third countries have become a full Community responsibility with the entry into force of the Treaty of Amsterdam on 1 May 1999.

Republic of San Marino - The Museum of the Emigrant - Permanent Centre of Studies on Emigration Established in 1997. Its main priority is the collection, conservation, analysis and divulgation of the documentary patrimony of the Sammarinese emigration.

NGO’s, academic and other sites

Centre for Migration Law - University of Nijmegen (NL)

Legislationline is a free-of-charge online service provided by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The Association Génériques was created in 1987 and is both a research and a cultural body. Its object is to develop knowledge in the field of migration.

The CIEMI, the Documentation Center, aims to sensitize to issues of internal and international migrations, through a documentation library (50,000 references, 14,000 books and 300 periodicals), and the publication of news reports (one periodical : Migrations Société) and books.

MIGRINTER est une équipe de recherche spécialisée dans l’étude des migrations internationales et des relations inter-ethniques. Créée en 1985, l'équipe MIGRINTER, a développé un pôle qui conduit de façon intégrée des activités de recherche, de formation, de publication et de documentation sur les migrations internationales et leurs effets dans les pays de destination comme dans ceux d'origine.

Founded in 1964, the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) is an organisation of churches and ecumenical councils. It promotes awareness-raising on issues of racism and xenophobia within the churches and in society; it conducts studies of the situation of migrants, refugees and minority ethnic people at local, national and international levels.

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

The International Metropolis Project is an international forum for research and policy on migration, diversity and changing cities. It is set of co-ordinated activities carried out by a membership of research, policy and non-governmental organizations who share a vision of strengthened migration policy by means of applied academic research.

The Migration Policy Group (MPG) is an independent organisation committed to policy development on mobility, migration, diversity, equality and anti-discrimination by facilitating the exchange between stakeholders from all sectors of society, with the aim of contributing to innovative and effective responses to the challenges posed by migration and diversity.


Ce centre de ressources Internet sur les mineurs isolés étrangers s’adresse aux professionnels associatifs et institutionnels pour qui la création d’une communauté de spécialistes issus de différents pays, apparaît capitale. Le site permettra d’accéder rapidement à des informations actualisées, de prendre connaissance de formations adaptées et d’échanger sur les points de vue et les pratiques. Il se propose également de recueillir des témoignages et expériences de terrain provenant des pays du Sud et de l’Est qui tentent de développer des alternatives locales pour les jeunes.


The Platform Migrants and European Citizenship (PMC) is an international association born in December 2003 of a hundred associations from European networks working for the construction of a European society open to everyone and for the promotion of a European Citizenship. It has an important role on the development of associations dealing with immigration issues.  The Platform constitutes a mediator to reduce the information gap between European institutions and civil society


The objective of the Platform Migrants and European Citizenship is to broaden the national and european basis, to link permamently the members associations in order to improve the relations between.national and european institutions