Rights of persons who are migrants
- Communication on the conflict in Ukraine and refugees - 9 March 2022
- Communication on Migration and tension on the Polish-Belarusian border - 28 October 2021
- Communication on Afghanistan migration flows - 6 October 2021
At a time when migration is becoming a global issue in Europe and the number of exiles is increasing considerably, it is essential to move away from incriminating political speeches and adopt a humanitarian stance "based on the rights of individuals". Political responses are often ill-adapted to the reality on the ground, are not very concrete and, above all, assimilate migrants and exiles to mere factual and statistical data. However, these are people who are forced to flee a dangerous context and seek refuge in countries with safer economic, political and health contexts. The "Committee on Migrant's Rights" emphasises the particularly vulnerable nature of people in situations of migration and exile and works to defend their rights and their effective access to these rights.
In order to respond to these issues as effectively as possible, the Migration Committee aims to act as a bridge to political decision-makers for NGOs active at local and regional level, in particular by drafting policy recommendations enriched by the direct contact it has with NGOs in the field. It is also strongly involved in the other work of the Conference of INGOs and Council of Europe actors such as the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Migration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, the Committee of Ministers, PACE and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. The Committee on the Rights of Migrants is committed to responding to current events and emergency situations in the best possible way.
In order to implement all its actions and work, the Committee has opted to work in two complementary directions. The first is to promote access for NGOs to migrant populations. The second concerns respecting and improving access to fundamental rights for migrant populations and those in exile: health, education and security. In addition, there are cross-cutting issues such as news monitoring, communication with NGOs in the field and cooperation with political actors, particularly within the Council of Europe.
To this end, the Migration Committee, aware of the importance of gathering clear and precise information from the field, calls on all INGOs members of the Conference of INGOs to disseminate its interventions and messages, but above all to provide expertise/testimonies in the fields of health, security and education. Any contribution from NGOs and associations working in the field is also welcome, whatever the subject.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Daniel Guéry - Contact
In addition, any person or NGO particularly interested in one of the working areas can also contact the rapporteurs for each of theme:
- INGOs' right of access to migrant persons : Ms Anna Rurka - Contact
- access of migrant and exiled populations : Mr Marc van den Reeck - Contact
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