HEAR OUR VOICES – Undocumented children and young people share their stories

November 2016

Bringing together a range of individual stories and testimonies of undocumented children and young people in different formats, from around Europe, this booklet presents personal perspectives on some of the pervasive impacts that immigration control measures can have on their well-being and development. The booklet aims to make their own voices heard and show their resilience. The collection of stories also illustrate the variety of circumstances and reasons why a child can become undocumented and how these children and young people overcome challenges day by day.

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The Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Undocumented Migrants: Narrowing the Gap Between Their Rights and The Reality in the EU

April 2016

The right to sexual and reproductive health, as part of the right to health, is well established in international human rights instruments that bind all EU member states. Undocumented migrants are nonetheless frequently denied their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). The report calls attention to the gulf between restrictive national laws and policies limiting access to services for undocumented migrants on the one hand, and governments’ clear obligations and commitments to provide those services, on the other. It includes recommendations for policymakers at the national, regional and local levels, for service providers at the regional and local levels and to the European Union.

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Guide to the EU Victims’ Directive

November 2015

The Guide aims to provide those organisations working on the front-lines with undocumented migrants with the tools and the information to advance their rights in the framework of the Directive. The Guide is also intended to inform policymakers, law enforcement and other official actors of how the Victims’ Directive relates to undocumented migrants as a specific category of victims, and the particular challenges they confront based on their status and circumstances in getting the protection and support they have a right to. Its seven recommendations break down the elements needed for member states to make good on the guarantees in the Directive.

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Human Rights Indicators for Migrants and their Families

June 2015

This working paper shows that the use of indicators for the human rights of migrants can facilitate and monitor progress and compliance with legal obligations; that the fulfilment of migrants’ rights is an essential tool for social integration in multicultural societies, and that migrants’ rights indicators promote evidence based policy-making.

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Protecting undocumented children-Promising policies and practices from governments

March 2015

This report gathers several examples of promising practices by various levels of governments in the areas of education, health care, protection from violence, and non-detention, alongside some available data and relevant policy documents at EU level. By highlighting several promising laws, policies and practice, as well as tools at EU level, the report seeks to disseminate such policies, and support governments, and stakeholders working with them, to enact positive reforms to promote the well-being and development of every child residing in the European Union.

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Teacher’s Guide for using ‘Undocumentary’ in the classroom

August 2014

“UNDOCUMENTARY” (www.undocumentary.org) is a web documentary to showcase the daily realities faced by undocumented migrants living in Europe. This teacher’s guide focuses on the web documentary’s chapter “CHILDREN” and provides an example as to how UNDOCUMENTARY may be used in the classroom. It includes an introduction to the issue of irregular migration, detailed background information on the main characters, exercises and activities for various age groups with different learning objectives, and a range of additional materials and resources.

Human Rights of Undocumented Adolescents and Youth

March 2014

This paper considers some of the main issues regarding human rights of undocumented adolescents (children between 10 and 18 years of age) and youth (young adults between 19 and 35 years of age), focusing on the challenges around immigration detention and access to education. The following organisations and individuals contributed to this paper: Professor François Crépeau, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Michele LeVoy and Lilana Keith of the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), Pablo Ceriani and Alejandro Morlachetti of the National University of Lanús (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Rhea Saab and Irene de Lorenzo-Cáceres Cantero of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Pia Oberoi of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). An abridged version of this report will be published in 2014 as part of a Global Migration Group report entitled Adolescents, Youth and Migration: Challenges and Opportunities. Download EN (PDF)

Beyond Irregularity – A resource guide for civil society organizations in Nigeria advocating for undocumented migrants’ rights throughout the migration process

December 2013

Addressing civil society organisations in Nigeria advocating for the rights of undocumented migrants, this guide provides them with tools and practical examples to carry out their own advocacy work with irregular migrants at every stage of the migration process: before departure, while they cross borders, in the destination countries and finally during return, whether it occurs voluntary or is forced. It is a resource containing examples of the numerous ways in which NGOs, trade unions, migrants’ organizations and other actors uphold the human rights of undocumented migrants. The guide is an outcome of the Beyond Irregularity project. Download EN (PDF)

Au-delà de l’irrégularité – Guide a l’intention des organisations de la société civile du Maroc défendant les droits des migrants sans-papiers

December 2013

This guide is an outcome of the project Beyond Irregularity and outlines the rights of migrants in Morocco and possible strategies and actions civil society organisations, labour unions and activists can take to ensure the rights of undocumented migrants. By providing examples, the guide aims to strengthen the position of undcoumented migrant workers in the country.

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Advocating for the Rights of Undocumented Migrants: An Overview of PICUM’s Work Since 2001

October 2013

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, PICUM published an overview of its work since 2001. The report describes the growth of PICUM from a small, joint initiative among local-levelorganisations and advocates in the late 1990s, to its current status as a leading NGO in European and international policy discussions on undocumented migrants’ rights.

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Children First and Foremost

February 2013

This guide is the result of the “Building Strategies to Improve the Protection of UndocumentedChildren in Europe” project, which aimed to spread understanding of the challenges children in an irregular migration situation face in accessing their fundamental rights to education, healthcare and housing in Europe, and to share and develop good practices andstrategies to overcome these barriers.

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Strategies to End Double Violence Against Undocumented Women – Protecting Rights and Ensuring Justice

June 2012

To promote an end to violence against women, this report provides a practical overview of methods that protect rights and ensure justice for survivors regardless of their immigration status. Across Europe, undocumented women are turned away from women’s shelters, denied psychological support, and risk arrest or deportation if they contact the police. This “institutional” or “administrative” violence is not only discriminatory, but it is fostering a culture of impunity across the region.

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PICUM’s Main Concerns about the Fundamental Rights of Undocumented Migrants in Europe (2010)

October 2010

This report pieces together a year of European, national and local news issues on irregular migration to foster a better understanding of the main concerns of human rights of undocumented migrants as well as the multifaceted ways in which civil society throughout Europe is responding to this situation of social exclusion. It is based on a review of events reported in PICUM’s newsletter during the year 2009.

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PICUM’s Main Concerns about the Fundamental Rights of Undocumented Migrants in Europe (2009)

October 2009

This report pieces together a year of European, national and local news issues on irregular migration to foster a better understanding of the main concerns of human rights of undocumented migrants as well as the multifaceted ways in which civil society throughout Europe is responding to this situation of social exclusion. It is based on a review of events reported in PICUM’s newsletter during the year 2008. order hard copies – price: € 13  + postage

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Undocumented and Seriously Ill: Residence Permits for Medical Reasons in Europe (2009)

January 2009

In this report, PICUM aims to identify some of the main problems and obstacles in gathering information within 11 EU member states concerning residence permits for seriously ill undocumented migrants. For each country, an analysis of the legal framework for eligibility of such a residence permit, the availability of medical stay permits, the application procedure and the involvement of health care practitioners during the procedure is addressed. The opinions of NGOs, authorities and health care practitioners on the creation of a European medical database of information on the availability and accessibility of medical treatment around the world are also presented. order hard copies – price: € 13 + postage

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Undocumented Children in Europe: Invisible Victims of Immigration Restrictions (2009)

January 2009

This report aims to investigate the particular vulnerability that characterizes the reality of undocumented children and analyze their specific needs and problems encountered in nine EU countries.The report is specifically focused on the discrimination that these children might face in accessing their basic social rights in the areas of education, health care and housing.Good practices of civil society organizations in providing assistance to undocumented children are illustrated. The report also underlines the profound interdependence of all social rights and how denying access to one of these rights affects all the others.

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Access to Health Care for Undocumented Migrants in Europe (2007)

January 2007

The report presents the findings and recommendations of PICUM’s two year EU project ‘Access to Health Care for Undocumented Migrants in Europe’. Field trips were carried out in 11 countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK) and numerous meetings were held in Brussels with our 19 partner organizations consisting of NGOs, Health Care Professionals and Local Authorities. The report details legislation and practice concerning health care for undocumented migrants in each of the countries and highlights growing reliance upon civil society actors to provide urgent and life-saving care to those in need.

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Undocumented Migrants Have Rights! An Overview of the International Human Rights

January 2007

The purpose of this overview is to present a wide picture of the “international migration regime” and to offer a useful tool that can be used by a wide range of actors to strengthen their knowledge of undocumented migrants’ human rights. Its two-part structure presents, firstly, instruments within the international and European human rights frameworks and clarifies why and how these instruments uphold the human rights of undocumented migrants. The second part enumerates more in detail all of the human rights that apply to undocumented migrants within the international and European conventions and relative articles therein

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Ten Ways to Protect Undocumented Migrant Workers (2005)

January 2005

The aim of this report is to contribute towards a just and pragmatic policy towards migrant workers. It presents a wide range of examples of the numerous ways in which NGOs, trade unions and other actors uphold the rights of undocumented workers in Europe and in the United States. For policy makers concerned about finding adequate solutions that are beneficial for all, PICUM has concluded this report with ten recommendations.

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Report on the Housing Situation of Undocumented Migrants in Six European Countries (2004)

January 2004

This report provides information of the right to housing in general, and gives an overview of the situation in six selected countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Germany and Spain) as regards the housing situation of undocumented migrants. The information resulted from desk research and from interviews with staff of both homeless organizations and NGOs dealing with undocumented migrants.

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Undocumented Migrant Workers in Europe (PICUM and HIVA, Hoger Instituut voor de Arbeid, KU Leuven, 2004)

January 2004

This report analyses the socio-economic and political forces that create and maintain the presence of undocumented migrant workers in Europe. It provides the backdrop for considering what rights should be granted to undocumented migrant workers. The situation in various economic sectors in Europe is analysed, and issues such as the protection of victims of forced labor and the problems associated with regularization campaigns are presented. The report highlights the role played by social inspectors, trade unions and NGOs in protecting undocumented migrant workers, and offers recommendations for specific policy measures. Many articles contained in this report were presented at an international conference on undocumented migrant workers, which was held at the European Parliament on 26 May 2003.

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Book of Solidarity: Providing Assistance to Undocumented Migrants (Volumes I-III) (2002-2003)

January 2003

This three-volume series brings to light the solidarity extended to undocumented migrants in selected Member States of the European Union. Undocumented migrants residing in Europe are socially excluded and very vulnerable to marginalization. Europe needs and makes use of the labor of undocumented migrants, but is at the same time not willing to give any rewards for their contributions. Undocumented migration is fought in many ways. The many citizens and civil organizations that are providing assistance to this vulnerable group in society are highlighted. The examples of assistance presented in the three volumes focus on undocumented migrants’ access to basic social rights such as health care, housing, employment rights, education, legal advice and assistance. In these fields both direct assistance is provided and structural work is done.

Health Care for Undocumented Migrants: Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, United Kingdom (2001)

January 2001

This publication is a result of an international experts seminar held by PICUM in March 2001. The immediate aim of the seminar was to exchange experience and viewpoints of medical experts working with undocumented migrants in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The publication describes the situation in the four countries concerning undocumented migrants’ access to health care and the possibilities of obtaining a residence permit based upon medical grounds. An extensive report of the seminar discussions, as well as conclusions and recommendations that were formulated at the end of the seminar are included.

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