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Why a rights-based approach to migrant children? The case of undocumented children and families

The current approach to migrant children is piecemeal, focusing on protecting certain categories of children, such as unaccompanied, asylum seeking, refugee or trafficked children. Many children are falling through the gaps and facing grave and systematic rights violations. This blog makes the case for a rights-based approach that protects all migrant children, including undocumented children and families.

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PICUM Members Take the Floor

Following the EU elections, over 100 PICUM members came to Brussels to participate in PICUM’s 2014 Annual Workshop and General Assembly in June. Read here what PICUM members discussed to actively shape migration policies and build alliances to bring about change in the coming years.

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Listen to me! I am building my future

The side event on "Ending child immigration detention" was organised jointly by four civil society organisations who strive to put an end to child immigration detention: Terre des Hommes, International Detention Coalition, PICUM and Save the Children. This blog of Terres des Hommes recounts the event and speaks about the impact detention has on the wellbeing of children.

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What a Multicultural Cookbook can tell us about the Lives of Migrant Domestic Workers

On the occasion of International Domestic Workers' Day, PICUM wants to highlight an innovative resource of one of its members: A recipe book compiled by migrant domestic workers themselves sharing delicious meals of their countries of origin but also sharing their personal life stories and struggles to have their rights as workers recognised.

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Check Before You Vote: The European Parliament Resolution on Undocumented Women and the EU Elections

As Europe prepares to go the polls this month to elect its representatives for the 2014-2019 European Parliament, we invite you to take a deeper look into the recently passed European Parliament Resolution on Undocumented Migrant Women in the EU. What does it say about your MEP’s position on undocumented women’s rights? And should it influence how you vote in the coming weeks?

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A Child is a Child – How the European Union can Ensure the Rights of Undocumented Migrant Children

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.

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Voluntary return for undocumented migrants in Morocco, a solution for whom?

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.

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PICUM WORKING GROUP ON ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR UNDOCUMENTED WOMEN

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.

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PICUM Working Group Explores Legal Strategies in Advocating for Undocumented Migrants

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.

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PICUM says thank you!

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.

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The EU Must Do More to End the Exploitation of Seasonal Workers

PICUM's Programmes Director, Eve Geddie, discusses widespread labour exploitation of undocumented migrants and what the EU Directive on Seasonal Work holds for them.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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New Portuguese legislation grants rights only partially to undocumented migrants

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.

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