Who we are
PICUM - the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that aims to promote respect for the human rights of undocumented migrants within Europe.
PICUM provides a direct link between the grassroots level, where undocumented migrants' experience is most visible, and the European level, where policies relating to them are deliberated. PICUM reports on issues regarding undocumented migrants through its members’ experiences and simultaneously monitors developments within the European institutions. This approach mainstreams undocumented migrants' concerns into key policy debates, ensures PICUM’s network is well informed of the EU agenda and develops their capacity to engage in the realisation of just and fair strategies for undocumented migrants.
PICUM’s monthly newsletter on issues concerning the human rights of undocumented migrants is produced in seven languages and circulates to PICUM’s network of more than 4,000 civil society organizations, individuals, and beyond.
The initiative to establish PICUM was taken by several grassroots organisations from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany who provided assistance to undocumented migrants in the area of housing, healthcare, labour rights and education. With the development of the European Union's Common Integration Programme, initiated following the 1999 Tampere Agreement, these organisations found a real vacuum at European policy level regarding the humanitarian concerns of undocumented migrants. PICUM was established to ensure that E.U. policies aimed at immigration management conformed to member states' obligations under regional and international human rights standards.
PICUM's network has significantly expanded since its creation in 2001, and the organisation has played a key role in raising the profile of undocumented migrants in Europe. PICUM now leads an independent network of 149 member organisations and over 150 individual members providing humanitarian support and assistance to undocumented migrants in 38 countries across Europe and in other global regions.