Joint Letter to MEPs Regarding Questions on Children's Rights for New Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs
PICUM together with other child rights related organisations sent a letter to Members of the EU Parliament (MEPs) on 10 September 2014 regarding questions on migrant children’s rights for Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner-designate for Migration and Home Affairs.
The Child Rights Action Group (CRAG), including 15 international and European organisations, wrote an open letter to the new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
PICUM has launched a new teaching guide to educate about the realities undocumented migrants face across Europe. The guide is available in English, French and Spanish and shows how PICUM’s web documentary “UNDOCUMENTARY” may be used in the classroom. It includes exercises and activities for school aged children of various age groups, university students and adults as well as foreign language students with different learning objectives.
A new "Media-Friendly Glossary on Migration" was officially launched by the United Nations Alliance Of Civilizations (UNAOC) and Panos Europe Institute (IPE) during the UNAOC Sixth Global Forum in Bali on 29 August 2014. PICUM contributed to the definitions of terms in the glossary.
The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), Women against Violence Europe (WAVE), and the European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) welcome today’s entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence as an important step to end impunity for violence against migrant women.
With the slogan “Words Matter!” PICUM today launches its leaflet on accurate terminology when referring to undocumented migrants including reasons why not to use ‘illegal migrant’ and instead the recognised ‘undocumented’ or ‘irregular’ migrant as well as providing a lexicon with translations of the latter terms in all EU languages.
A side event on human rights at international borders during the 26th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on 20 June 2014 will look to the human rights frameworks for solutions to contemporary dilemmas of border governance.
Terre Des Hommes, the International Detention Coalition (IDC), the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), and the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children jointly organise a side event on ending child immigration detention in Geneva, Switzerland on 19 June 2014.
The European Union must Urgently Strengthen Efforts to Guarantee the Equal Rights and Equal Treatment of Migrant Domestic Workers
On the occasion of International Day of Domestic Workers, the European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW), jointly with PICUM and other organisations, draws the attention of the European Union institutions and all national and European stakeholders to the situation and treatment of domestic workers within the European Union member states, as well as to their contribution to European society.
As the European Union is developing its strategic guidelines on the future of Justice and Home Affairs policies, 38 leading organisations in the fields of human rights, health, education and social inclusion, including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF, OHCHR and the European Network for Ombudspersons, are calling on the European Council to use the opportunity to advance on its achievements and commitments to every child, including migrant children in vulnerable situations, by making children’s rights a strategic and actionable priority for Home Affairs policy in the coming years.
PICUM’s Director, Michele LeVoy, will be the chair of the Civil Society Days of this year’s Global Forum on Migration and Development. The Civil Society Days will take place from 12-13 May in Stockholm, Sweden, prior to the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
International Labour Day: Undocumented Migrant Workers are Widely Exploited, Despite Existing Legal Frameworks
On the occasion of International Labour Day, The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) calls attention to persisting labour exploitation of undocumented migrant workers and urges governments to implement tools ensuring labour rights protection for all migrant workers, regardless of residence status.
A group of environmental, social and equality NGOs and trade unions, including the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), launched its new Alliance for a Democratic, Social and Sustainable European Semester on 7 April 2014.
Local and Regional Authorities and Service Providers Fill Legislative Gaps to Ensure Health Care for Undocumented Migrants
On the occasion of World Health Day, PICUM highlighted the essential role that local and regional authorities and non-governmental service providers play in ensuring that all people can realise their right to health, regardless of residence status.
EU networks and Greek NGOs released their joint “Recommendations to the European Union to Urgently Address Criminalisation and Violence Against Migrants in Greece” on 20 March 2014. The recommendations urge the EU to improve implementation of EU law, including human rights, in Greece.