Global Compacts, visit to Russia, Call for tenders and publication of expert Opinion on Montenegro


On 30 May 2018, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees (SRSG) published a new web page on the Global Compacts, under his thematic work. He has followed developments related to both the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and...

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Recent migration-related case-law


On 17 May 2018, in a Chamber judgment handed down in the case of Ljatifi v. “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (application no. 19017/16), concerning a complaint brought by a Serbian national, who had been living in “the former Republic of Macedonia” from the age of eight, that she had...

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Decision on France´s treatment of unaccompanied foreign minors


On 15 June 2018, the European Social Charter published the decision of the European Committee of Social Rights on the merits of the complaint European Committee for Home-Based Priority Action for the Child and the Family (EUROCEF) v. France (No. 114/2015). The decision concerns several violations...

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Commissioner calls on Hungary to drop the planned bill restricting NGOs work on assisting migrants


“The draft legislation (Bill No. T/333) recently submitted by the Hungarian government to the Parliament, which provides for criminal law sentences, including imprisonment, for those ‘facilitating illegal immigration’ constitutes a worrying human rights development”, said the Commissioner for...

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CPT published its preliminary observations on immigration detention establishments in Greece


On 1 June 2018, the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published preliminary observations after its visit to immigration detention and psychiatric establishments in Greece. While the CPT’s delegation acknowledged the...

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10th anniversary of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings


On 22 May 2018, in Strasbourg, the conference “Ten years of implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: impact and challenges ahead”, organised by the Secretariat of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings in co-operation...

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New study on information children receive about migration


On 31 May 2018, in Strasbourg, The Council of Europe published a new study on children’s views on information they receive about migration. The children highlighted that the professional’s behaviour, body language and tone of voice are crucial and that it is important to receive information about...

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Round table on alternatives to detention of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees


On 5 July 2018, in Sofia, Bulgaria, the UNHCR and the Council of Europe are jointly organising a roundtable on detention and alternatives to detention of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees, with focus on the particular situation of children. The main objective of the roundtable “Critical...

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New HELP course on refugee and migrant children


The Council of Europe is going to launch a new HELP training course for legal professionals working with refugee and migrant children. The course will contain 7 modules: Introduction of the International and European legal Framework; Child-Friendly Procedures; Alternatives to detention; Family...

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CEB to finance new hospital in Turkey


On 8 June 2018, in Ankara, Turkey, the Vice-Governor for Social Development Strategy of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), Ms Rosa Sánchez-Yebra, signed a grant agreement for the construction of a new general hospital in Kilis, near the Syrian border, funded by the European Union under...

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Policy Lab on inclusive integration


On 26 June 2018, in Strasbourg, the Policy Lab for Inclusive Integration is going to hold its 2nd meeting. The concept of this event is to review a “model” integration strategy in view of reaching agreement on the key principles and structure of national inclusive strategies. Governments are...

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