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ECRI reports on UK, Turkey and Armenia

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published on 4 October 2016 country reports on the UK, Turkey and Armenia. On this occasion Christian Ahlund the Chair of ECRI, said: “The Brexit referendum seems to have led to a further rise in ‘anti-foreigner’ sentiment, making it even more important that the British authorities take the steps outlined in our report as a matter of priority.” Concerning Turkey, ECRI acknowledged that the authorities had enacted comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation, had launched an "open-door" policy for Syrian refugees and had taken action on the issuing of work permits. However, ECRI expressed concern over the deterioration of conditions of vulnerable refugees: despite huge efforts, at least 400,000 refugee children do not have access to school and by the end of 2015 only 7,400 refugees had received work permits.  The ECRI report found that in Armenia there is still no comprehensive integration policy: allegations of discrimination against migrants of non-Armenian ethnic background persist and assistance to migrants is not provided long enough for their social integration, the report says.

ECRI also published its conclusion on the implementation of specific priority recommendations by Malta. ECRI was pleased that its recommendation on alternatives to detention for asylum-seekers had been implemented, although the situation did not appear to have changed significantly as concerns other migrants. Concerning amendments to the asylum procedure, ECRI concluded that its recommendation had been only partially implemented.