Publication of reports on Czech Republic and Slovak Republic and visits to Poland and the Republic of Moldova


The activities of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) continued to focus on the protection of people fleeing Ukraine. She published the first reports on her fact-finding missions to the region: Czech Republic and Slovak Republic. The SRSG also...

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Judgments on Hungary, Lithuania and Russia


On 9 June 2022, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) published a judgment in the case of A.A.A. and others v. Hungary, concerning an Iraqi family of six that was confined between March and August 2017 at the Hungarian transit zone of Tompa, at the border with Serbia. The family members...

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Letters to Interior Ministers of Hungary and Spain, and a statement addressing trafficking in human beings


On 21 June 2022, in a letter addressed to the Hungarian Minister of the Interior, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, expressed her appreciation for the country’s open border policy for those fleeing Ukraine but raised concerns about the longer-term protection...

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ECRI Annual report: Council of Europe anti-discrimination body identified main trends in Europe


On 2 June 2022, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published its Annual Report where it identified the main trends in Europe: Adverse impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable groups, racism in policing and intimidation of LGBTI people. The Covid-19 pandemic that continued in...

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Children in migration: Explanatory memorandum on effective guardianship, and Checklist to protect refugee children from sexual abuse and exploitation


On 15 June 2022, the Committee of Ministers adopted an Explanatory Memorandum to the Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)11 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on effective guardianship for unaccompanied and separated children in the context of migration. This instrument aims to provide...

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Activities of the PACE Migration Committee


On 21 June 2022, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly´s (PACE) Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons approved a draft resolution based on the report Safe third countries for asylum seekers by Stephanie Krisper (Austria, ALDE). The committee called for greater coherence in...

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Women and child refugees - Congress delegation collects experiences from Polish cities


On 4 and 5 July 2022, a delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out a visit to Poland to collect experiences of Polish cities in taking care of Ukrainian refugees. The delegation met with a wide range of stakeholders and visited temporary...

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HELP Network conference focuses on Council of Europe response to the war in Ukraine


From 30 June - 1 July 2022, The Council of Europe Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (JHELP) programme held its Annual Network Conference focusing on Council of Europe’s response to the war in Ukraine. The conference participants discussed why and how to train legal professionals in...

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New reference guide on Literacy and Second Language Learning for the Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants


On 30 June 2022, Council of Europe Department of Education presented the new reference guide on Literacy and Second Language Learning for the Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LASLLIAM) at a launching conference in Strasbourg and online. The guide aims at enhancing language-learning...

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First meeting of the Committee of Experts on the Intercultural Integration of Migrants


On 14-15 June 2022, the Committee of Experts on the Intercultural Integration of Migrants (ADI-INT) held its first meeting in Strasbourg. Set up in November 2021 by the Committee of Ministers under the Steering Committee on Anti-discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion (CDADI), the ADI-INT takes...

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