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1 September 2014
NEW TEACHING GUIDE ADDRESSES REALITIES OF UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS IN THE CLASSROOM
The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), has launched a new guide to educate about the realities undocumented migrants face across Europe. The teaching guide, which is available in English, French and Spanish, shows how PICUM’s web documentary “UNDOCUMENTARY” (www.undocumentary.org) - which showcases the daily realities faced by undocumented migrants living in Europe - may be used in the classroom. It includes an introduction to the issue of irregular migration, detailed background information on featured characters, 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, and a range of additional materials and suggested resources.You can read the full statement in ENGLISHFRENCH and SPANISH.

1 August 2014
ENTRY INTO FORCE OF ‘ISTANBUL CONVENTION': VITAL OPPORTUNITY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST MIGRANT WOMEN
The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), Women against Violence Europe (WAVE), and the European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) welcome the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence on 1 August 2014 as an important step to end impunity for violence against migrant women. To read the full statement, click here.

20 June 2014
UNDOCUMENTED, NOT ILLEGAL: NEW CAMPAIGN ADVOCATES FOR ACCURATE TERMINOLOGY IN ALL EU LANGUAGES
With the slogan “Words Matter!” the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) today launches its leaflet on accurate terminology when referring to undocumented migrants including reasons why not to use the term ‘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. To view the statement, here.

16 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. The delay in member states signing and ratifying the Domestic Workers Convention is of urgent concern, and enforcing the Convention across the EU should be a priority in moving forward with securing decent work and social security for all domestic workers, and the overwhelming majority of migrant women among them. To read the press release, click here.

30 April 2014
Undocumented Migrants 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. To read the full press release, click here.

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, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) highlights 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.Examples from across Europe showcase how local and regional authorities, while often facing budgetary constraints, opt to ensure improved levels of health care for undocumented migrants and better overall public health in their communities. To read the full statement, click here.

20 March 2014
Recommendations for EU policy to address ‘push-backs’ of migrants’ rights in Greece
A joint group of civil society organisations and EU leaders today called for action on EU level to address the daily human rights violations experienced by migrants in Greece, at the borders, in detention and on the streets, including push-backs, unlawful detention, violence and exploitation. The organisations urge European Union policy makers and representatives to take joint responsibility, along with the Greek government, for addressing the challenges there. To address these issues, EU networks and Greek NGOs have released today their joint “Recommendations to the European Union to Urgently Address Criminalisation and Violence Against Migrants in Greece”. To read the full press release, click here.

4 February 2014
European Parliament Votes in Favour of Justice and Services for Undocumented Migrant Women
The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) commend the European Parliament for passing the resolution on undocumented migrant women in the European Union and urge EU institutions and member states to now abolish discriminatory regulations and guarantee access to shelters and justice for all victims, regardless of their residence status. To read the press release, click here.

18 December 2013
No One Is Illegal: Ending Criminalisation of Undocumented Migrants is Crucial to Ensure their Rights
On the occasion of International Migrants Day, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) urges the EU and its member states to end criminalisation of undocumented migrants to ensure equal access to human rights and to basic services. Most EU member states punish irregular entry and irregular stay. Criminalisation can also apply to people who assist, support and rescue undocumented migrants for humanitarian reasons. To read the full release, please click here.

14 November 2013
SEASONAL WORKERS DIRECTIVE: Improvements for Treatment of non-EU Workers, But Not Enough to Prevent Exploitation
The European Network Against Racism (ENAR), the European Federation of National Organisations Working with Homeless People (FEANTSA), and the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) warmly welcome and strongly support measures agreed upon by the European Parliament and the Council that aim at creating better working and living conditions for third-country seasonal workers across the EU. However, some of the measures the civil society proposed regarding social rights and equal treatment of workers were not taken into account, which might jeopardise the effectiveness of the Directive by not sufficiently addressing exploitation risks.To reqd the press release in English, please click here.

14 November 2013
A child is a child: Defining the EU’s role in protecting the rights of undocumented migrant children
On the occasion of a public hearing considering the role of the European Union institutions in ensuring the rights of undocumented migrant children and their families, held at the European Parliament, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) together with French MEP Nathalie Griesbeck, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), today called on EU institutions to fulfill their legal obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to ensure protection and access to basic rights and services for undocumented migrant children and cease their immigration detention.Read the press release here in English and in here French.

3 October 2013
New report: Local and regional authorities provide innovative solutions to ensure health care for undocumented migrants
The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) is highly concerned about how discrepancies of national level policies and local and regional level responsibilities impact the role of city authorities and local governments in implementing effective measures ensuring access to basic services for all. PICUM’s new report Guaranteeing Access to Health Care for Undocumented Migrants in Europe: What Role Can Local and Regional Authorities Play? outlines the crucial role played by local and regional authorities in ensuring the implementation of fundamental rights of undocumented migrants, with the particular example of access to health care. The report is the outcome of a roundtable discussion held by PICUM together with EUROCITIES at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 12 December 2012.The report provides a set of recommendations to all actors involved which are also available in French, Spanish and Italian. Read the press release here in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

5 September 2013
Children should be in school, not detained!
Students across Europe begin the new school year. However it is not a reality for all children. Thousands of children are detainedthroughout Europe for immigration reasons with little or no access to education, simply because they or their parents do not hold the right documentation. The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and the Global Campaign to End Child Detention are highly concerned about the systematic violation of children’s rights and the negative short and long term impacts of detention on health, well-being and development. Read the press release here in English, Spanish and Italian.

12 August 2013
Rights of young migrants need to be realised to move development forward – New report provides strategies for empowerment
On the occasion of International Youth Day celebrated under the theme ‘Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward’, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) calls on governments to recognise that respect of the rights of all migrants, regardless of their migration status, is crucial for the numerous benefits of migration to be enjoyed by individuals, communities and countries of origin and destination. Read the press release here in English, DutchItalian, French and Spanish.

28 June 2013
Housing and shelter insufficient for undocumented migrants in Europe
On the occasion of its annual international conference in Brussels, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) joined together with the European Federation of National Organisations working with the homeless (FEANTSA) and the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) to call on policymakers and local authorities in Europe to strengthen efforts to enforce the right to housing for undocumented migrants, despite economic constraints. Read the press release here in English

25 June 2013
Access to justice for undocumented migrants: new PICUM report explains how to engage with legal systems
PICUM’s launches new report "Using Legal Strategies to Enforce Undocumented Migrants’ Human Rights" which outlines ways for advocates of undocumented migrants to engage with legal systems on both national and international levels. The report is a practical guide to mechanisms within the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations that advocates can use to enforce undocumented migrants’ fundamental rights and to fight impunity. Read the press release here in English, French and Spanish.

20 June 2013
New PICUM report puts spotlight on poverty of migrant children in the EU
On the occasion of the meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) in Luxembourg today, PICUM launches a new report calling on the ministers to address the poverty and social exclusion faced by children who have, or whose parents have, an irregular migration status. Read the press release here in English.

1 May 2013
International Workers’ Day: Migrants’ labor rights should not be compromised in times of economic crisis
On the occasion of International Workers' Day commemorating the historic struggle of workers throughout the world, PICUM launches its report, entitled "Migrants and the Right to Equal Treatment in Cyprus" and takes opportunity to call on the EU and its member states to enforce policies which ensure the labor rights of all workers, including migrant workers with irregular status. Read the press release in English, French, Spanish and Greek.

25 April 2013
Amidst a growing humanitarian crisis in Greece, new report recommends strategies to improve the situation of migrants
PICUM launches report entitled "The Silent Humanitarian Crisis in Greece: Devising Strategies to Improve the Situation of Migrants in Greece" which provides recommendendation to improve the situation of migrants. Read the press release in EnglishFrenchSpanish and Greek.

27 February 2013
Undocumented migrant children and their families face major barriers to access services in Europe
PICUM holds international conference and launches guide on realizing the rights of children and families in an irregular migration situation. Read the press release in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.

18 December 2012
International Migrants Day: Ensuring Migrants’ Rights’ in Times of Crisis.
On this important anniversary of International Migrants Day, PICUM called on the EU and its member states to reconsider policies which criminalise undocumented migrants as well as the advocates and professionals working to ensure their human rights. Read the press release in English, French and Spanish.

18 December 2012 
A call on States to stop detaining migrant children

On the occasion of International Migrants Day, the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children, together with its member, PICUM, calls on States to stop detaining children. Read the press release in English.

31 August 2012
Spain: A step backward in the right to health care for all
On the day before the Royal Decree Act 16/2012 amending the Foreigners Act, which would deny access to essential and preventive health care services for undocumented migrants takes effect on 1 September 2012, PICUM issued a press release reaffirming its strong condemnation of this policy change and its support to the Spanish NGOs and health care professionals who are opposing it. Read the press release in English, French and Spanish.

5 June 2012
Cyprus: False accusation confirmed. Judge drops all charges against human rights defender Doros Polycarpou.
On 5 June 2012, Doros Polycarpou, the Executive Director of Cypriot anti-racist NGO KISA, was acquitted of the charge of rioting during the 2010 Rainbow Festival in Larnaca. This decision is final and is not open for appeal. The judge found the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses to be not credible.This ruling confirms the view of a wide coalition of international NGOs: the accusations were manifestly false and represented only the most recent in a series of attempts by the Cypriot authorities to silence KISA, an organisation that has being fighting xenophobia and racism in Cyprus for 14 years. Read the press release in English

2 May 2012
Coalition mantains its support to human rights defender Doros Polykarpou as procedings go on
On 30 April 2012, after the Judge decided that there is a prima facie case for rioting, against DorosPolycarpou, KISA’s Executive Director, following the tragic events that took place at the 2010Rainbow Festival in Larnaca, Cyprus, proceedings go on. 
Read the press release in English and French

13 December 2011

Second Trial Observation Mission in Cyprus

On the occasion of the first hearing of the trial against Doros Polykarpou, Executive Director of KISA (Action for Equality, Support   and Anti-racism), scheduled on 12 December 2011, in Larnaca, Cyprus, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), The European Network Against Racism (ENAR), Migreurop and The European Association for Human Rights (AEDH) have sent a second trial observation mission. Several meetings had been arranged with the competent Cypriot authorities to express our on-going concern regarding the criminalisation of Mr Polycarpou, accused of rioting during the Rainbow Festival 2010 in Larnaca, accusations which the delegation believes are unfounded. The delegation profoundly regrets that the hearing was postponed for unclear reasons. It is also regrettable that several meetings with the responsible authorities were cancelled at the last minute, which questions the willingness of the authorities to cooperate on the issue. Read the press release in English and French.

25 November 2011
Survivors of Violence, Victims in Silence?
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2011: Time to reclaim undocumented migrant women’s rights. On this important anniversary, PICUM calls on the EU and its member states to renew their efforts to fight all forms and expressions of gender-based violence and to protect all victims without discrimination. The worrying culture of impunity existing in the European Union must urgently be addressed. As the largest network of organisations working with undocumented migrants in Europe, PICUM has identified many legal and structural barriers that prevent undocumented women from accessing essential rights and services. Denied a legal income, lacking protection in the workplace, and often living in insecure and unsafe situations, undocumented women are more exposed to ill-treatment. Add to this, the risk of deportation if they contact the police, difficulty to access to women’s shelters, legal and financial assistance for victims of violence, and it becomes clear that certain women are unprotected against violence in Europe. View the press release in English, French and Spanish.

1 September 2011
1st September: Not all children can go back to school
Today, on 1st September, as children go back to school, many undocumented children remain at home. While no EU member state explicitly bars undocumented children from registering in school, numerous barriers exist which effectively prevent them from attending. With this in mind, PICUM welcomes the Council of Europe Committee of Migration, Refugees and Population’s forthcoming report on the situation on undocumented children in Europe, which highlights these issues, as well as obstacles to children’s access to their rights to housing and health care, and concerns about detention and exploitation in the area of work. During the upcoming October 2011 Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe plenary session, PICUM and the Committee of Migration, Refugees and Population will hold a hearing on 4 October 2011 in Strasbourg to present testimonies about concrete situations faced by undocumented children. View the press release in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

22 July 2011
Trial Observation Mission in Cyprus: Four International NGOs Urge Cypriot Authorities to Drop Charges against Human Rights Defender Doros Polykarpou
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), The European Network Against Racism (ENAR), and Migreurop are deeply concerned with the Cypriot authorities’ prosecution of Mr. Doros Polykarpou, the Executive Director of Action for Support, Equality, Antiracism (KISA).For this reason, we have sent a delegation to observe the second hearing of the trial against Doros Polykarpou that took place today, 22 July 2011, in Larnaca, Cyprus. The delegation was there to ensure that Mr Polykarpou was given a free and fair trial. Although the trial was postponed to 12 September 2011 due to lack of detailed information about the criminal charges, the delegation welcomes the decision of the judge in requesting such information. View the press release in English or French.

8 March 2011
100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day Marks Day of Action for Exploited and Abused Undocumented Migrant Women in Europe
On the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, PICUM brings together the voices of more than 100 migrant women, NGOs, trade unions, and governmental officials from across Europe to highlight how undocumented migrant women working in Europe’s households are often denied the most basic protections from exploitation and abuse with the release of its report “Violence and Exploitation of Undocumented Migrant Women: Building Strategies to End Impunity”. Click here

2 March 2011
Public intervention for migrant workers in hunger strike in Greece
Public intervention by i-RED, RED European Network combating racism & xenophobia, the Greek Forum of Migrants, PICUM and the Migrants' Rights Network (MRN) proposing key actions to be taken by the Greek Government and the hunger strikers and their supporters to tackle the current impasse after more than a month of hunger strike by migrants and asylum seekers in Athens and Thessaloníki in Greece and urging the  to take key actions. Click here

9 December 2010
9 EU countries do not guarantee access to health care for undocumented pregnant women and children
On the eve of Human Rights Day, a joint press released was published by Médecins du Monde, the HUMA network, the Platform for International Cooperationon Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), the European Women's Lobby (EWL) and the European Anti-PovertyNetwork (EAPN) following an Public Hearing at the European Parliament held on 8 December 2010 in Brussels which noted that how undocumented migrants – especially undocumented pregnant women and children – are threatened by both legislative and practical barriers when trying to access health care. EN FR ES

16 November 2010
Racist attacks in Cyprus: national authorities mustput a stop to the criminalization of undocumented migrants and their supporters
PICUM and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) published a joint press release to express their deep concern regarding a violent attack against the participants of the 13th Rainbow Festival which took place in Larnaca, Cyprus on 5th November and which is organised by KISA, a migrant support organisation which is a member of the European networks PICUMand ENAR.  EN EL

30 November 2009
Reliability instead of ‘number games’: Final results of an EU-funded Research Project on Irregular Migration in Europe
Press release on  the European research project Clandestino, in which PICUM was a partner along with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), the Center for International Relations, Warsaw, the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI), the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).  Click here

4 February 2009Employers’ sanctions directive: Migrant workers, not employers, will pay the price of their exploitation
Joint Statement by ENAR, PICUM, Solidar and the European Women's Lobby on the ratification of the employer sanctions directive in the European Parliament. EN FR

15 April 2008
Employers’ Sanctions Directive: Will migrant workers pay the price of their exploitation?
Joint statement of PICUM, ENAR and Solidar entitled 'Employers' Sanctions Directive: Will migrant workers pay the price of their exploitation?'  Click here

January 2008
Health care in NowHereLand improving services for undocumented migrants in the EU
Press release on project "NowhereLand" co-financed by the European Commission’s Programme for Community Action in the field of public health (2003 – 2008), the Commission's DG Sanco and the Barrow Cadbury Trust, which aims at improving access to health care services for undocumented migrants. Click here

17 December 2007
International Migrants’ Day: time to make rights a reality!
Joint statement of PICUM, ENAR and Solidar entitled 'International Migrants' Day: time to make rights a reality!'  click here

29 June 2007
No human being should go to hospital only to die: The need for improving access to health care for undocumented migrants in Europe
Press release entitled 'No human being should go to hospital only to die: The need for improving access to health care for undocumented migrants in Europe'  Click here

15 September 2006
Will undocumented migrants continue to be invisible in the new national action plans on social inclusion, health and pensions for 2006-2008?
Press release entitled 'Will undocumented migrants continue to be invisible in the new national action plans on social inclusion, health and pensions for 2006-2008?' Click here

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