Conferences in Brussels and Lisbon, and mission to Spain


11 April 2018, Brussels, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) participated in the second edition of the conference “Lost in migration - Working together in protecting children from disappearance”, organised by Missing Children Europe...

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Hearings in transit zone cases


On 18 April 2018, the European Court of Human Rights will be holding the following hearings: Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary (application no. 47287/15) concerning the detention of two Bangladeshi asylum-seekers in the border zone for 23 days as well as their removal from Hungary to Serbia; and Z.A....

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Forced returns of migrants from Melilla to Morocco and address at the Congress session

Commissioner for Human Rights

On 28 March 2018, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, published updated written observations that he submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in two cases concerning returns of migrants from the Spanish city of Melilla to Morocco. The cases were referred to the Grand Chamber...

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CPT publishes report on Italian “hotspots” and removal centres


On 10 April 2018, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published the report on its ad hoc visit to Italy, which took place from 7 to 13 June 2017, together with the response of the Italian Government. The visit...

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Migrant workers and asylum-seekers particularly vulnerable to human trafficking


On 3 April 2018, in its 7th General Report, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) dedicated a thematic section to the issue of trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation, based on the country evaluation reports published so far (42 country reports...

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Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women visited Sweden


From 26 to 29 March 2018, a delegation of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) conducted an evaluation visit to Sweden. In order to evaluate the conditions of women asylum-seekers, the delegation visited a safety...

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PACE Migration Committee: Meeting in Amman, April session and forthcoming fact-finding missions


On 23-27 April 2018, at the Spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly, a report on the humanitarian situation of internally displaced persons, presented by Mr Killion Munyama (Poland, EPP/CD) will be debated with the participation of Ms Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, United Nations Special Rapporteur...

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Council of Europe launched a new phase of European Qualifications Passport for Refugees


On 28 March 2018, in Athens, the representatives of Greek authorities, universities, NGOs and UNHCR gathered for a launching conference of the second phase of the Council of Europe European Qualifications Passport for Refugees project (EQPR). Among the some 70 participants were the new countries...

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City of Zarqa shares its experience on migrant and refugee inclusion


On 22 March 2018, Mohammed Zawahreh, head of the Local Development Unit of the city of Zarqa in Jordan, presented the day-to-day experience of his city that receives and hosts migrants and refugees building on the knowledge and experience gained through the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities...

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