First activity report, mission to Spain and Round table tackling extremism and intolerance


From 18 to 24 March 2018, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), is conducting a fact-finding mission to Spain. He will start with the visit of migrant temporary stay facilities and centres for children in the Spanish cities Ceuta and Melilla. He...

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Letter to French National Assembly on asylum legislation and report on Sweden


On 12 March 2018, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, published a letter to members of the French National Assembly concerning the draft law on immigration and asylum in France, in which he expressed concern about the risk of violations of the rights of migrants, including asylum...

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Child-friendly information: Launch of a web-page and a new report


On 5 March 2018, the Council of Europe´s Children’s Rights Division published a report and launched a web-page on child-friendly information for children in migration and life projects. The report is based on children’s and expert’s findings and recommendations on child-friendly information...

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Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons


On 18 May 2018, in Geneva, the first annual Forum of the PACE´s new Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies will take place. On 8 February 2018, in Rabat, the Network held its first regional meeting at the invitation of the Moroccan Parliament. Some 80 participants from 22 countries (diaspora...

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Congress to present a report on unaccompanied refugee children


On 28 March 2018, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will hold a debate on unaccompanied refugee children at its 34th session where Rapporteur Nawel RAFIK-ELMRINI (France, SOC) will present the report “Unaccompanied refugee children: the role and...

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Complaint on France's treatment of unaccompanied foreign minors


On 24 January 2018, the European Committee of Social Rights adopted the decision on the merits in European Committee for Home-based Priority Action for the Child and the Family (EUROCEF) v. France, Complaint n°114/2015, and transmitted it to the Committee of Ministers on 14 February 2018. In its...

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Council of Europe’s new Gender Equality Strategy includes the protection of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls


On 7 March 2018, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted the new Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023. The protection of the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls is for the first time included among the six priority areas. The Strategy renews...

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Seminar on CPT standards related to detention conditions for refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers


On 6 to 7 February 2018, in Ankara, Turkey, a seminar was organised in the framework of the Council of Europe Project "Protection of Rights of Refugees and Migrants in Turkey" on CPT Standards related to Detention Conditions for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Removal Centers. The main...

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New report on the role of community media for refugees and migrants


On 26 February 2018, the Council of Europe commissioned study entitled "Spaces of Inclusion - An explorative study on needs of refugees and migrants in the domain of media communication and on responses by community media" was published. This explorative study focuses on the role played by media...

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Intercultural city approach in the city of Osmangazi-Bursa in Turkey


On 13 and 14 February 2018, in Osmangazi-Bursa, Turkey, the Council of Europe´s Intercultural cities programme conducted an expert visit to assess where the city stands in relation to intercultural integration, where effort should be focused in the future and which other cities could be a source...

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