Border protection and the rights of young refugees and children in focus


On 18-19 February 2020, in Warsaw, the Special Representative on Migration and Refugees of the Secretary General (SRSG), Drahoslav Štefánek, participated in the Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights. The participants discussed the latest developments and priorities for the year ahead....

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Spain did not breach the Convention when returning migrants to Morocco at Melilla border


On 13 February 2020, the European Court of Human Rights delivered a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of N.D. and N.T. v. Spain (applications nos. 8675/15 and 8697/15), concerning the immediate return to Morocco of two nationals of Mali and Côte d’Ivoire who on 13 August 2014 attempted to enter...

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PACE to discuss violence and discrimination against religious minorities


On 6 March 2020, the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly will meet in Paris at the Assemblée Nationale. The agenda includes a debate on violence and discrimination against religious minorities in refugee camps across Europe on the basis of the report prepared by Egidijus Vareikis...

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New study on gender-based asylum claims and non-refoulement


On 10 February 2020, the Council of Europe published a new study on Gender-based asylum claims and non-refoulement: Articles 60 and 61 of the Istanbul Convention. The purpose of the publication is to support the implementation of these articles by providing policy makers, border and immigration...

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Launch of toolkit on academic integration of refugees into higher education


On 14 February 2020, the Council of Europe´s Education Department launched a toolkit aimed at integrating refugees as teaching staff or visiting experts into higher education institutions. The “CoLAB Toolkit” presents inclusive practices on how to best integrate refugees based on their...

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Taking young refugees seriously: key messages from the conference


On 14 February 2020, the conference “Taking Young Refugees Seriously” focused on looking at young refugees as young people, with resources and potential, and not just as refugees in need. “We need to implement what the Council of Europe Recommendation on Protection of Refugees in Transition to...

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North-South Prize 2019 honours the efforts to support the integration of migrants


On 11 February 2020, the Council of Europe North-South Prize laureates were announced in Lisbon. The winners are Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo, Italy, and Nabila Hamza a sociologist, feminist activist and expert specialized in gender issues, social development and good governance from...

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