Council of Europe-UNHCR seminar on protecting refugee and migrant children in Portugal

Council of Europe 27 May 2019 Lisbon

Key stakeholders from the Council of Europe, UNHCR (the United Nation’s refugee agency) and national experts from Portugal gathered in Lisbon this morning for the start of a seminar to discuss the “Effective Protection of Refugee and Migrant Children in Portugal”. The two-day event, organised...

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The Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees, Tomáš Boček, completes his mandate

Special Representative on migration and refugees 30 April 2019

Today, 30 April 2019, Ambassador Tomáš Boček completes his mandate as the Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees. Since his appointment in January 2016, Tomáš has contributed extensively to the Council of Europe’s visibility in the field of migration with regular...

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Two Western Balkan countries still struggle with migration flows but face different challenges

Special Representative on migration and refugees 24 April 2019 Strasbourg

Commending Bosnia and Herzegovina in its effort to provide shelter and basic services to the high number of arrivals of migrants and refugees, the Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees Tomáš Boček, stressed in a report published today, that access to asylum...

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Integration policies should not pursue migration-control goals

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 16 April 2019 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees Tomáš Boček has published an Issue Paper on human rights aspects of immigrant and refugee integration policies based on a comparative assessment of 11 Council of Europe member states. The Issue Paper focuses on specific...

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Alternatives to the detention of migrants: how we can make it work

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 4 April 2019 Strasbourg

A variety of concrete examples and practices of alternatives to the detention of migrants from different corners of Europe were presented to some 200 participants at an International conference on Effective Alternatives to the Detention of Migrants, organised jointly by the Council of Europe, the...

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Conference on Effective Alternatives to the Detention of Migrants

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 6 March 2019

The Conference seeks to identify ways to make alternatives to the administrative detention of migrants more effective, ensuring compliance with immigration procedures while upholding human rights. The emphasis is on supporting States in strengthening their capacity to implement alternatives to...

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Concrete achievements in 2018 to ensure the protection of refugee and migrant children

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 17 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Special Representative is taking stock on concrete results achieved in 2018 in the implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan on protecting migrant and refugee children in Europe (2017-2019). Today, he publishes a visual presentation of all actions achieved so far in protecting...

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Council of Europe Bank loan to Nuremberg for education and refugee integration

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 19 December 2018 Nuremberg

The governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) Dr Rolf Wenzel and the Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees, Ambassador Tomáš Boček, are taking part in a signing ceremony in Nuremberg today, between the CEB and the city of Nuremberg, of a...

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Special Representative on migration and refugees supports UN Global Compact at conference in Morocco

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) 10 December 2018 Strasbourg

On 10-11 December 2018, in Marrakech, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Tomáš Boček, is representing the Council of Europe at the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The...

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Council of Europe Development Bank provides financial assistance for refugee healthcare in Ceuta and Melilla

Council of Europe Development bank (CEB) 3 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Tomáš Boček, attended the Council of Europe Development bank’s (CEB) signature ceremony of a grant agreement with Instituto Nacional de Gestión Sanitaria (INGESA), in Melilla today. The CEB is...

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SRSG on migration and refugees: fact-finding mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia

Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees 26 NOVEMBER 2018

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Tomáš Boček, will be conducting a fact-finding mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia from 26 to 30 November 2018. The Special Representative will visit migrant reception and detention...

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Council of Europe launches training for legal professionals on refugee and migrant children in Spain

Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees 23 November 2018 Barcelona

Some 30 legal professionals are gathered in Barcelona, Spain, to participate in the Council of Europe’s new HELP Course on Refugee and Migrant Children, launched by the Special Representative on migration and refugees (SRSG) and the Council of Europe Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal...

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Progress made in actions protecting refugee and migrant children in Europe

Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees 27 September 2018 Strasbourg

Council of Europe is presenting progress in actions taken to ensure the safety and the proper treatment of children entering Europe, according to the report “Refugee and migrant children in Europe” - Progress in implementation of the Action Plan (2017–2019), published today. “I am pleased that...

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Despite challenges in managing mixed migration Spain should guarantee effective access to asylum also in Melilla and Ceuta

Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees 6 September 2018 Strasbourg

”Every person arriving in Spain, including those jumping the border fences in Melilla and Ceuta, should be protected against refoulement and collective expulsions with a real possibility to have access to an effective and fair asylum procedure”, says the Secretary General’s Special Representative...

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Submit your examples of good practices on family reunification

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees 3 September 2018 Strasbourg

The Office of the Special Representative on migration and refugees is looking for examples of good or promising practices of family reunification. Selected examples will be published in a handbook on standards and good practices to restore family links and reunify families being prepared under...

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Submit your examples of good practices on child-friendly procedures in the migration context

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) 23 July 2018 Strasbourg

The Office of the Special Representative on migration and refugees is looking for examples of good or promising practices of migration-related procedures that are child-friendly. Selected examples will be published in a compilation of good practices being prepared under the Council of Europe...

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SRSG on migration and refugees: visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) 20 July 2018 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Tomáš Boček, will be visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina from 24 to 27 July 2018. He will have meetings with the government officials and representatives of relevant international organisations to discuss...

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New web page on implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 20 JUNE 2018 STRASBOURG

Reception of refugees is high on the agenda of many governments in Europe today. On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees expresses his views on the biggest challenges faced by refugees. “The biggest challenge is the...

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Call for tenders: A handbook on standards and good practices on family reunification

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 1 June 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has launched a restricted consultation procedure for up to five experts to draft a handbook on standards and good practices to restore family links and reunify families. This handbook is being prepared under the Council of Europe Action Plan on protecting refugee and migrant...

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