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ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017

Around 80 PICUM members came together in Brussels from 12 to 13 May for PICUM'S Annual General Assembly to strategise and mobilise and agree on actions for PICUM to advance the rights of undocumented migrants. This blog summarises key discussion points and conclusions.

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Will more and longer detention solve the ‘migration crisis’?

In March 2017, the European Commission issued new Recommendations on Returns to Member States, hoping to reduce the number of irregular migrants arriving to the EU and deter migration by encouraging detention. But is detention an efficient policy to manage migration and returns?

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Dealbreaker: EU migration policy causes more harm and chaos one year after EU-Turkey deal

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the EU-Turkey deal, PICUM's Director, Michele LeVoy, reflects on the negative impact and human cost of current EU migration policies.

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Risks of statelessness for children of undocumented parents in Europe

Children born abroad to undocumented parents as well as undocumented children who migrated with their families or by themselves and reside irregularly in Europe can find themselves at risk of statelessness due specifically to the circumstances which surround their undocumented status.

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A letter from PICUM’s Director

In this blog, PICUM's Director, Michele LeVoy, reflects on a year which was characterized by several events that occurred unexpectedly, affected many in PICUM's network emotionally - all of them impacting the discourse on irregular migration. The blog also gives an outlook for activities in 2017.

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Unlocking Detention - A ‘virtual tour’ of the UK’s immigration detention estate

Eiri Ohtani of the Detention Forum in the UK explains 'Unlocking Detention' a virtual tour of the UK’s immigration detention estate. Through social media, the 'tour' shares experiences from different detention centres in the UK and shares yet unheard stories of detained migrants.

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PICUM ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2016: HOPE AND COMMITMENT IN POLARISED DEBATE

On 10-11 June, around 100 PICUM members from across the European Union as well as Turkey, Israel, Georgia, Morocco, and Nigeria came together in Brussels to address the challenges of the current polarised debate on irregular migration and to find common responses.

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EU referendum: the fight for migrants’ rights goes on

In this blog, Carolina Gottardo, Director of the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) in the UK and PICUM Board Member, explains how the United Kingdom's European Union membership referendum has impacted the day-to-day realities of migrants in the UK.

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PICUM Expert Roundtable: Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Part of the Right to Health Care

This blog discusses PICUM's work on sexual and reproductive health rights of undocumented migrants including outcomes of a roundtable on the issue, held together with Doctors of the World (MdM), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) European Network and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

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Undocumented and Coming of Age: What lessons can Europe draw from the USA?

This blog summarises key discussion points of a book launch and debate on undocumented youth held in the European Parliament in March 2016. Roberto G. Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University presented his book and research findings in the US and participants discussed recommendations to improve the situation of undocumenetd youth in Europe.

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PICUM Task Force on Legal Strategies Discusses Access to Justice and Redress Mechanisms for Undocumented Migrant

This blog provides and overview of the discussion and conclusions of the fourth meeting of PICUM's Task Force on Legal Strategies, held in Brussels on 3 December 2015.

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International Migrants’ Day – Changing the Narratives

On the occasion of International Migrants' Day 2015, PICUM Director, Michele LeVoy, wrote a letter to members and network partners reflecting on how migration has taken centre stage in political and public debates in 2015 and how PICUM aims to take its works forward together with its network partners.

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Bad news for UK government – Labour exploitation is rising and its anti-slavery measures are currently falling well short

PICUM Chair Don Flynn writes how the UK government's anti-slavery plans are in danger of failing unless this dangerous ambiguity is addressed.

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Why we need to talk about ‘migrants’

The growing movement of 'Refugees Welcome' is indispensable in providing new arrivals with shelter, food and assistance. Individuals have made enormous efforts and have come up with innovative solutions to coordinate assistance. Elisabeth Schmidt-Hieber and Lilana Keith argue why it is nonetheless also important to speak about 'migrants'.

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Migrant crisis: Inept leaders lay foundations of future unrest

EU political leaders spreading hostility and distrust towards courageous, desperate people is profoundly worrying, writes Edel McGinley, Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and member of the board of PICUM.

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