In this blog, PICUM's Director, Michele LeVoy, reflects on a year which was characterized by several events that occurred unexpectedly, affected many in PICUM's network emotionally - all of them impacting the discourse on irregular migration. The blog also gives an outlook for activities in 2017.
Eiri Ohtani of the Detention Forum in the UK explains 'Unlocking Detention' a virtual tour of the UK’s immigration detention estate. Through social media, the 'tour' shares experiences from different detention centres in the UK and shares yet unheard stories of detained migrants.
On 10-11 June, around 100 PICUM members from across the European Union as well as Turkey, Israel, Georgia, Morocco, and Nigeria came together in Brussels to address the challenges of the current polarised debate on irregular migration and to find common responses.
In this blog, Carolina Gottardo, Director of the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) in the UK and PICUM Board Member, explains how the United Kingdom's European Union membership referendum has impacted the day-to-day realities of migrants in the UK.
PICUM Expert Roundtable: Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Part of the Right to Health Care
This blog discusses PICUM's work on sexual and reproductive health rights of undocumented migrants including outcomes of a roundtable on the issue, held together with Doctors of the World (MdM), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) European Network and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
This blog summarises key discussion points of a book launch and debate on undocumented youth held in the European Parliament in March 2016. Roberto G. Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University presented his book and research findings in the US and participants discussed recommendations to improve the situation of undocumenetd youth in Europe.
PICUM Task Force on Legal Strategies Discusses Access to Justice and Redress Mechanisms for Undocumented Migrant
This blog provides and overview of the discussion and conclusions of the fourth meeting of PICUM's Task Force on Legal Strategies, held in Brussels on 3 December 2015.
On the occasion of International Migrants' Day 2015, PICUM Director, Michele LeVoy, wrote a letter to members and network partners reflecting on how migration has taken centre stage in political and public debates in 2015 and how PICUM aims to take its works forward together with its network partners.
Bad news for UK government – Labour exploitation is rising and its anti-slavery measures are currently falling well short
PICUM Chair Don Flynn writes how the UK government's anti-slavery plans are in danger of failing unless this dangerous ambiguity is addressed.
The growing movement of 'Refugees Welcome' is indispensable in providing new arrivals with shelter, food and assistance. Individuals have made enormous efforts and have come up with innovative solutions to coordinate assistance. Elisabeth Schmidt-Hieber and Lilana Keith argue why it is nonetheless also important to speak about 'migrants'.
EU political leaders spreading hostility and distrust towards courageous, desperate people is profoundly worrying, writes Edel McGinley, Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and member of the board of PICUM.
This blog discusses gives an overview of key points discussed at PICUM’s Annual Workshop held on 12 June 2015 in Brussels with the theme how t end criminalisation of undocumented migrants.
This blog is a summary of the discussions during a side-event on labour exploitation of undocumented migrants which was co-hosted by PICUM and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in Brussels on 2 June 2015.
Lilana Keith, Interim Programmes Director PICUM and Ewout van Ginneken, Senior Researcher, Berlin University of Technology discuss the introduction of a ‘health surcharge’ and proposals to charge undocumented migrants for emergency and primary care in the UK, underlining the likely negative impacts of further restricting access to health services for undocumented migrants on public health.
PICUM Publishes Position Paper on ‘EU Return Directive’ Following First Working Group Meeting on EU Migration Policies
Processes of returning undocumented migrants to their countries of origin and conditions of migrants in detention have been of great concern to PICUM and many of its members in recent years. Read here more about PICUM's new Position Paper on the EU Return Directive highlighting these concerns.