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.
This blog discusses gives an overview of key points discussed at PICUM’s Annual Workshop held on 12 June 2015 in Brussels with the theme how t end criminalisation of undocumented migrants.
This blog is a summary of the discussions during a side-event on labour exploitation of undocumented migrants which was co-hosted by PICUM and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in Brussels on 2 June 2015.
Lilana Keith, Interim Programmes Director PICUM and Ewout van Ginneken, Senior Researcher, Berlin University of Technology discuss the introduction of a ‘health surcharge’ and proposals to charge undocumented migrants for emergency and primary care in the UK, underlining the likely negative impacts of further restricting access to health services for undocumented migrants on public health.
PICUM Publishes Position Paper on ‘EU Return Directive’ Following First Working Group Meeting on EU Migration Policies
Processes of returning undocumented migrants to their countries of origin and conditions of migrants in detention have been of great concern to PICUM and many of its members in recent years. Read here more about PICUM's new Position Paper on the EU Return Directive highlighting these concerns.
The death toll in the Mediterranean continues to rise and another incident has claimed the lives of 300 migrants. Maria Giovanna Manieri and Elisabeth Schmidt-Hieber explain how border security is prioritised over saving migrants' lives and the lack of political will to find durable solutions such as the creation of more regular channels.
PICUM Programmes Director, Eve Geddie, explains how civil society can engage in the nomination of a strong expert committee which will measure the extent to which state parties have implemented the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).
This blog summarises the outcome of the discussion of PICUM’s working group meeting on access to health care for undocumented migrants on 14 October 2014 in Brussel which also saw the launch of a policy brief on access to health care and the role of local and regional authorities (available in English and German).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.