The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) in cooperation with the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe organises a Stakeholder Meeting on 26 October 2017 to discuss how to ensure access to essential services and justice for irregular migrants.
The ‘firewall’ principle, a central issue of the event’s debate, aims to clearly separate access to services from immigration law enforcement. This means that irregular migrants can access health care, education and other services and report exploitation and abuse without a risk of being arrested due to a lack of residence status.
ECRI’s General Policy Recommendation (GPR) No. 16 on safeguarding irregularly present migrants from discrimination, promote the ‘firewall’ principle.
The event will be opened by Christian Ahlund, ECRI’s chair, and Michele LeVoy, Director of PICUM. It will bring together a broad range of stakeholders, including government representatives from European Union and Council of Europe member states, international organisations, institutional actors, academics and civil society.
Registration for the event is closed.