Report on Spain, mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and call for good practices of family reunification


On 6 September 2018, the Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees, Ambassador Tomáš Boček, published a report on the situation of migrants and refugees in Spain. ”Every person arriving in Spain, including those jumping the border fences in Melilla and Ceuta, should be...

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Grand Chamber hearing on returns to Morocco of migrants who scaled the fences in Melilla


On 26 September 2018, the European Court of Human Rights will be holding a hearing in the case of N.D. and N.T. v. Spain (applications nos. 8675/15 and 8697/15) which concerns the immediate return to Morocco of sub-Saharan migrants who attempted on 13 August 2014 to enter Spanish territory...

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CPT monitors treatment of foreign nationals during return flight from Germany to Afghanistan


From 13 to 15 August 2018 in Germany, a delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to examine the treatment of foreign nationals during a national return operation by air from...

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Hearing on climate-induced migration in the Assemblée nationale and Diaspora Network regional Conference in Kyiv


On 21 September 2018 in Paris, the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons will meet in the Assemblée nationale at the initiative of Marie-Christine Verdier-Jouclas (France, NR), rapporteur for a report on “A legal status for climate refugees?” A hearing on the challenges of...

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Launch of HELP course on protecting refugee and migrant children


On 10 September 2018, the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP), jointly with the Office of the Special Representative of the Council of Europe Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Tomáš Boček, launched a HELP course to protect Refugee and Migrant...

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Mental health of children on the move


On 19 September 2018 in Paris, the Head of Division and Programme co-ordinator for Children's rights at Council of Europe, Ms Regina Jensdottir, will participate in the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) Annual Conference and General Assembly meeting. The main topic of...

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CEB provides IOM with a €1 million grant for a reception facility in Bosnia and Herzegovina


On 25 July 2018, The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) signed an Agreement for a €1 million grant from its Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF) to help Bosnia and Herzegovina cope with renewed migratory inflows in 2018. Since the end of 2017, Bosnia and Herzegovina has seen a steady increase in...

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Cities response to Muslim fear and hatred


On 5-6 July 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, the Intercultural Cities Programme conveyed an interdisciplinary working group to discuss successful initiatives to tackle Islamophobia through individual projects, and the work of local authorities. Strengths and challenges of each initiative were analysed...

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