Special Representative addressed Asylum and Human Rights, Statelessness, and the Future of Europe´s borders


On 22 April 2021, the Special Representative on Migration and Refugees, Drahoslav Štefánek, supported launch the updated version of the HELP/UNHCR online course on "Asylum and Human Rights" by the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme of the Council of Europe. “I am...

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K.I. v. France - Order for deportation of refugee after status revoked


On 15 April 2021, the European Court of Human Rights handed down a Chamber judgment in the case of K.I. v. France (application no. 5560/19) concerning a Russian national of Chechen origin who arrived in France when he was still a minor and obtained refugee status. After being convicted for a...

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Covid-19 is worsening human trafficking – states should take action, warn Council of Europe experts


On 9 April 2021, Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) published 10th General Report on its activities, highlighting that the Covid-19 pandemic is having a worrying impact on human trafficking across Europe and states should do more to prevent...

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PACE Migration committee to visit Greece, and the adoption of the report “Climate and Migration”


On 10-12 May 2021, an Ad-hoc sub-Committee of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will carry out a fact-finding visit to Greece. The aim of the visit is to assess the humanitarian needs of those who suffered as a result...

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Asylum and Human Rights: Council of Europe and UNHCR launch new HELP online course


On 22 April 2021, the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme of the Council of Europe, launched an updated version of the HELP/UNHCR online course on "Asylum and Human Rights". Initially developed in 2015, the updated version contain the most recent developments and has...

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Survey for languages educators to adult migrants


On 21 April 2021, the Council of Europe offered educators of host country languages to adult migrants with low literacy levels the chance to take part in an online survey. The survey will be open until 12 May 2021. Replies will contribute to finalisation of the descriptors developed within the...

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Council of Europe Committee continues developing a draft Recommendation on migrant women


From 27 to 28 April 2021, the Council of Europe Drafting committee on migrant women (GEC-MIG) held its fourth meeting via videoconference. GEC-MIG continued its drafting work, examining the Appendix of the draft Recommendation, as well as a part of the preamble. Topics such as arrival, residence,...

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Intercultural Academy for Communicators – What story does your city tell?


On 19-21 April 2021, cities that are members of the Intercultural Cities programme (ICC) participated in the “Academy on alternative narratives and intercultural communication”. The aim of the Academy is to bridge the gap between policies and communication, to get useful skills on positive...

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