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Undocumented and Coming of Age: What lessons can Europe draw from the USA?

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.

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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.

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International Migrants’ Day – Changing the Narratives

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.

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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.

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Why we need to talk about ‘migrants’

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'.

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Migrant crisis: Inept leaders lay foundations of future unrest

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.

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PICUM Annual Workshop: Challenging Criminalisation of Undocumented Migrants

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.

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The gaps in EU policies on migration, trafficking and victims' protection

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.

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Restricting access to the NHS…

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.

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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.

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Migrants in the Mediterranean: mourning deaths, not saving lives

The death toll in the Mediterranean continues to rise and another incident has claimed the lives of 300 migrants. Maria Giovanna Manieri and Elisabeth Schmidt-Hieber explain how border security is prioritised over saving migrants' lives and the lack of political will to find durable solutions such as the creation of more regular channels.

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‘Istanbul Convention’ – How Civil Society Can Engage in the Monitoring Process

PICUM Programmes Director, Eve Geddie, explains how civil society can engage in the nomination of a strong expert committee which will measure the extent to which state parties have implemented the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).

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PICUM Working Group on Access to Health Care for Undocumented Migrants

This blog summarises the outcome of the discussion of PICUM’s working group meeting on access to health care for undocumented migrants on 14 October 2014 in Brussel which also saw the launch of a policy brief on access to health care and the role of local and regional authorities (available in English and German).

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Why a rights-based approach to migrant children? The case of undocumented children and families

The current approach to migrant children is piecemeal, focusing on protecting certain categories of children, such as unaccompanied, asylum seeking, refugee or trafficked children. Many children are falling through the gaps and facing grave and systematic rights violations. This blog makes the case for a rights-based approach that protects all migrant children, including undocumented children and families.

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PICUM Members Take the Floor

Following the EU elections, over 100 PICUM members came to Brussels to participate in PICUM’s 2014 Annual Workshop and General Assembly in June. Read here what PICUM members discussed to actively shape migration policies and build alliances to bring about change in the coming years.

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