LOCAL AUTHORITIES, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND NGOS CALL ON GERMAN GOVERNMENT TO CHANGE LAW ON REPORTING UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, 2 October 2015 – As Germany has been cast in a favourable light in recent weeks on the EU level due to its increased commitment to welcome migrants and refugees seeking international protection, an international conference discussed the contradictory situation of health care provision of undocumented migrants in Germany and called for reforms on the national level.
BRUSSELS, 11 September 2015 - On the occasion of the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting taking place in Brussels on 14 September, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and its member organisations urge EU leaders to establish safe and regular channels for migrants and refugees to come to Europe. The statement is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Greek.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights' (FRA) new report “Cost of exclusion from healthcare – The case of migrants in an irregular situation” finds that providing regular health care to undocumented patients with hypertension could generate savings. Focus countries are Germany, Greece and Sweden.
As a member of the Social Platform, PICUM signed on to a letter on 9 July 2015 addressed to heads of states and governments, the President of the European Council, the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Parliament, the President of the Eurogroup, the President of the European Central Bank and the Managaing Director of the International Monetary Fund calling for socially just reforms for Greece.
PICUM published its leaflet advocating to end the use of the term ‘illegal migrant’ in French, German and Spanish.The leaflet is the key resource of PICUM’s ‘Words Matter’ campaign and provides reasons why not to use the term ‘illegal migrant’.
A group of organisations have sent an open letter to the EU Ministers of Health and to the cabinet of EU Health Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis asking to ensure that evidence-based public health policies, human rights, and the health protection of the most vulnerable are at the heart of public health and migration policies
PICUM published its Annual Report outlining major activities in the year 2014 on the occasion of its Annual General Assembly on 13 June 2015 in Brussels.
The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) launched the report “Severe labour exploitation: workers moving within or into the European Union. States’ obligations and victims’ rights” which explores all criminal forms of labour exploitation in the EU affecting migrant workers in the EU.
KNOMAD’s Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Migrant Rights and Social Aspects of Migration has published a paper entitled ‘Human Rights Indicators for Migrants and their Families’ showing that the fulfilment of migrants’ rights is an essential tool for social integration in multicultural societies, and that migrants’ rights indicators promote evidence based policy-making.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.