Immigration control has often been given priority over the rights of the child. This blog, based on a hearing organised by PICUM in November 2013, illustrates the urgent need for EU action to address violations of migrant children’s rights in the EU in light of the European Commission's development of strategic guidelines in the area of Justice and Home Affairs in 2014.
EU cooperation with third countries, includes ‘Assisted Voluntary Return’ for migrants. This blog post takes a closer look at this issue in the context of the EU-Moroccan relations.
PICUM's working group on access to justice for undocumented women met in Brussels on 10 December 2013 to discuss how the EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the support and protection of victims of crime provides a significant opportunity to advance access to rights and justice for undocumented victims.
The first meeting of the PICUM’s Working Group on Legal Strategies was held in Brussels on 12 December 2013. The meeting brought together legal experts within the PICUM network and presented a key opportunity for those interested in developing legal strategies as a tool for policy change to improve mutual learning and share their experiences at regional, national and international level.
As Christmas approaches, PICUM has received many seasonal greetings underlining the large number of activities and campaigns taking place in support of undocumented migrants’ rights and would also like to thank its members and partners for the good cooperation.
PICUM's Programmes Director, Eve Geddie, discusses widespread labour exploitation of undocumented migrants and what the EU Directive on Seasonal Work holds for them.
Working group discusses how to end child detention and ensure access to services for undocumented migrant children and their families
PICUM hosted its third thematic working group on undocumented children and families on 13 November 2013 in Brussels. PICUM used the opportunity to update the 20 members participating on its advocacy work and policy developments both at global and EU level concerning the rights of undocumented children, with a focus on the immigration detention of children and families.
A Postcard from Britain - ‘Hostile Environment’, Border Control in Communities and Indefinite Immigration Detention
One of the salient features of the UK immigration detention system is that people know little about it. Nor are they aware that thousands of people are detained indefinitely for the administrative convenience of the state. Eiri Ohtani of the Detention Forum in London, UK explains how this practice breaches the rights of detained migrants.
More than 100 people are dead and hundreds still missing - What will the tragedy in Lampedusa change?
More than 100 people died in a boat tragedy near Lampedusa on 3 October 2013 and hundreds remain missing. Policymakers, civil society organisations and many individuals have expressed shock after the recent tragedy. But what will follow this wave of shock when the mourning of these latest victims abates?
Juliana Moya of PICUM’s member organization, Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV), explains how the recently modified framework of entry, stay, exit and removal of foreigners affects the situation of undocumented migrants.
Michele LeVoy, Director of PICUM, and Kadri Soova, PICUM's Advocacy Officer, discuss how increased border security influences perceptions on irregularity and favours criminalization.
Nacho Sánchez of the NGO Málaga Acoge writes about the campaign Salvemos la Hospitalidad! (Let’s save hospitality!) which aims to reverse the Spanish government's new draft of the Criminal Code criminalising solidarity with undocumented migrants.
Pablo Rojas Coppari, Strategic Advocacy Officer MRCI Ireland talks about his experience of meeting with members of ODT Immigrés – a local migrant-led wing of a Moroccan trade union. The meeting aimed to share MRCI's methodology of community work and to empower the local migrant group.
What do food banks, food chain workers, and Dreamers all have in common? The answer, when it comes to immigration, is just about everything. The impact of misguided immigration policies on food systems, labour rights and the human rights of undocumented migrants.