Leyla Kayacik

The Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has appointed Leyla Kayacik as her Special Representative on migration and refugees from January 2022. The announcement comes at a time when migration-related challenges are prominent and fast evolving in many countries across Europe. The Council of Europe provides close dialogue and support to its member States, helping them respond to these challenges on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights and other Council of Europe standards. The Secretary General’s Special Representative plays a central role in that effort (link to mandate). 

 When a large number of migrants and refugees arrive in Europe after undergoing extremely difficult and potentially traumatic journeys, the most vulnerable persons are often the hardest hit. The protection of refugee and migrant women, children, unaccompanied or separated children, but also of other vulnerable persons, remains a long-term commitment for the Council of Europe. 
Based on the mandate of the Special Representative, my aim is to enhance synergies inter alia with the Network of Focal Points on Migration to see how best the Council of Europe can provide support to its member states facing current challenges. The mandate also includes the coordination and the effective implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan on Protecting Vulnerable Persons in the Context of Migration and Asylum in Europe (2021-2025), and co-operation with relevant international organisations and agencies, which are among my key objectives 
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