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International Labour Day: Employers’ Sanctions do not Protect Undocumented Workers from Exploitation

On the occasion of International Labour Day, PICUM calls for political commitment to effectively address the persistent and systematic exploitation of undocumented migrant workers. PICUM’s new position paper analyses the practical impacts of the European Union Employers’ Sanctions Directive (DIRECTIVE 2009/52/EC). The position paper examines how the new EU law has been applied in Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and the Netherlands.

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WILL EU RESPONSE TO MIGRANTS DYING IN THE SEA STRENGTHEN OR WORSEN HUMAN RIGHTS?

PICUM is extremely concerned that a statement agreed by the European Council on 23 April in response to record numbers of migrants and refugees dying in the Mediterranean will lead to further closing of EU borders, risking more violations of human rights of migrants and more deaths to come.

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Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is launching the Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has launched the Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children during an event in Strasbourg from 20 to 21 April 2015.

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Global Mobilisation for Migrant Rights, 1 May 2015

A group of migrants’ rights organisations launched a campaign to promote an international movement to support the rights of migrants on 1 May 2015 in the context of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

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Implementation Handbook Published on How to Put Recommendation of the European Commission into Practice

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children published on 1 April 2015 its “Implementation Handbook – Putting the Investing in Children Recommendation into Practice” which also includes inclusive practices for undocumented migrant children.

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Protecting undocumented children: Promising policies and practices from governments

PICUM's new report entitled “Protecting undocumented children: Promising policies and practices from governments”gathers practices in the areas of education, health care, protection from violence, and non-detention, alongside some available data and relevant policy documents at EU level.

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Side Event at the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council:

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Argentina, is hosting a side event at the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 11 March 2015 in Geneva to discuss the rights of irregular migrants.

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Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants discussing policy developments in Brussels

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, visited Brussels from 2 to 5 February 2015 to discuss migration policy developments and the management of the EU border.

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President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe endorses PICUM’s terminology campaign

Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), speaking on the eve of International Migrants Day (18 December 2014) highlighted the need to use accurate terminology in reference to undocumented migrants and endorsed PICUM's 'Words Matter' campaign.

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INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS’ DAY: STOP USING THE TERM ‘ILLEGAL MIGRANT’!

On the occasion of International Migrants’ Day on 18 December 2014, migrants’ rights advocates from across Europe urge media, policymakers and others who have a key role in influencing public views on migration to stop using ‘illegal migrant’ and adopt accurate and neutral terms in reference to undocumented migrants.

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Organisations ask new EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs to ensure the rights of all migrant children

In a joint letter, a group of 26 migrants' rights and children's rights organisations urged Dimitris Avramopoulos, new EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, to take measures to realise the rights of all children affected by migration.

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PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS:

PICUM and the Polish organisation Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej (Association for Legal Intervention) today call on the EU to prioritise the enforcement of the labour rights of undocumented migrant workers, on the occasion of a public hearing at the European Parliament on the impact of the ‘EU Employers’ Sanctions Directive’.

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ADDRESSING VIOLENCE AGAINST UNDOCUMENTED WOMEN:

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, PICUM highlights the urgent need to end impunity for violence against women and girls, particularly those who are undocumented. PICUM's short guide entitled "EU Victims’ Directive: An Opportunity to Advance Justice for Undocumented Migrants" explains the transposition process and describes practical ways how civil society can engage with authorities.

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HEARING ON THE EMPLOYERS' SANCTIONS - EFFECTIVE TOOL IN REDUCING IRREGULAR MIGRATION OR THE LABOUR RIGHTS OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS?

PICUM together with the Polish NGO Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej (Association for Legal Intervention) organises a hearing at the European Parliament which aims to analyse the impact of the 'EU Employers’ Sanctions Directive’. Deadline for registrations is 25 November.

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25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD: UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN STILL DENIED BASIC RIGHTS

On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) calls on governments to make the rights enshrined in the Convention a reality for undocumented migrant children.

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