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UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 agosto 2018

Luxembourg Project/Consultancy title: Monitoring of reception conditions of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in Luxembourg.
Organizational context and General background of assignment:The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an intergovernmental organization with a mandate to protect refugees and stateless persons worldwide. UNHCR works with States, civil society organizations and other actors to address issues of concern which fall under its mandate.Children’s rights are enshrined in international law, including in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and are at the heart of UNHCR’s protection mandate. Given the fact that asylum- seeking girls and boys face unique protection risks, responding to their specific needs is a key priority for the BELUX Unit. UNHCR’s commitment to protect children of its concern is not only a moral imperative, but will also contribute to ensuring a better future for children, their families and communities.Between 2015 and 2017, over 200 UASC have applied for asylum in Luxembourg, representing more than twice the number for the period between 2012 and 2014. While the largest increase was noticed in 2015, 2017 was marked by the particularly young age of UASC applying for asylum in Luxembourg (between 12-14 years old).In addition to the 2 already-existing mixed reception centres hosting UASC, 3 reception centres exclusively dedicated to UASC have opened their doors since 2016. The principle of the best interest of the child is embedded in Luxembourg legislation and policy, and should be implemented in the context of reception conditions. A mapping of the current situation for the identification of good practices and elaboration of recommendations in line with international protection standards and the best interest principle will serve as a basis for UNHCR to engage with and support different stakeholders in upholding these standards.

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Sharing a meal with migrants and refugees and sharing hope

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 giugno 2018

Rome 19th June 2018 Caritas Rome soup kitchen “San Giovanni Paolo II”, via Marsala 109. Caritas will invite migrants, refugees in Rome to share a meal with public and Church figures as part of its Share the Journey campaign. The meal, which will take place at the Caritas soup kitchen at Rome’s Termini Station, will be a moment for migrants and refugees to share their migration stories and experiencesThe Rome meal is part of Caritas’s Share the Journey campaign’s “Global Week of Action” 17-24 June. During that week, the 165 member Catholic confederation will promote meals and activities with migrants and refugees across the globe to mark World Refugee Day. See map for activities in other parts of the world.Speakers at the event will include migrants and refugees plus a family which has welcomed a refugee to live in their home. Other speakers include:
· Msgr. Enrico Feroci, Caritas Rome director
· Michel Roy, Caritas International secretary general
· Oliviero Forti, head of Caritas Italy’s migration department
· Laura Baldassarre, councillor for the community from Rome City Council
Alessandro Gisotti, a journalist from Vatican News, will present the event. Pope Francis launched the Share the Journey campaign in September 2017, emphasising how migration is a reciprocal journey made both by migrants and communities.“Hope is the force that drives us “to share the journey”, because the journey is made jointly: by those who come to our land, and by us who go towards their heart, to understand them, to understand their culture, their language.” Read more.Share the Journey is part of a global effort to build stronger relationships between migrants, refugees and with the communities which they want to leave, where they travel through, where they make their home.

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Capiche: the smart language assistant for refugees

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 13 dicembre 2017

berlinoBerlin. Capiche is a translation and tracing service based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and crowd knowledge that aims to improve communication with and from refugees in Europe. The application Capiche was developed in cooperation with the German refugee information portal http://www.HandbookGermany.de and presented in Berlin during the EIT Digital Germany Innovation Day. It is the first AI system on the market that integrates crowdsourcing and uses the resulting data for learning the AI system. Capiche is a spin-off of EIT Digital’s European Refugee Information and Communication Service (ERICS) Innovation Activity and was developed in cooperation with EIT Digital partners TU Berlin, T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH, DFKI, Aalto University and Crowdee GmbH.As the number of refugees increases, so does the number of people in Europe that have to overcome major obstacles in everyday life due to a lack of language skills, e.g. in understanding websites and information brochures or in communicating with authorities. Direct demand from senders is rarely possible, as national operators of websites, online journals, and public administration institutions usually do not use direct communication, if they do not understand Arabic, for example. A lack of language skills leads to a loss of information, unanswered questions and slower integration.
Capiche is a new solution for these information providers: it now enables small editorial offices to offer their users content in non-standard languages. Via an interface in the Content Management System, content is played via a cloud-based micro-service to the AI system and the crowd, with the help of which it is translated and returned in the desired language. In this way, Capiche helps to overcome language barriers and promote integration. In the next phase, Capiche will be available as multilingual real-time communication in all major EU and refugee languages, including an extremist and fake news filter. In the future, it will also be possible for a user to put his or her question directly to an information portal in his or her own language, and the combination of artificial intelligence and human crowd intelligence to find the answer quickly and easily in his or her own language.
EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation that brings together a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe.

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A New Humanitarian Envoy to Support Refugees Worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 ottobre 2017

business wireIn a significant step to bolster their ongoing life-saving relief operations, The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), one of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations based out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has appointed Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, as its Humanitarian Envoy. Since its establishment first as a fundraising campaign in 2013, and then transforming into a full-fledged humanitarian foundation in 2015, TBHF has actioned positive change in the lives of more than 600,000 refugees and people in need, especially women and children who fled regions affected by wars and crises in countries including Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, and Indonesia among other countries.Based out of the UAE’s third largest emirate, Sharjah, and Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, TBHF made the announcement in recognition of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi’s remarkable efforts in charitable fields across the UAE and the MENA region.As TBHF Humanitarian Envoy, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi will contribute to mobilising community support both regionally and internationally, to advocate for refugees and less fortunate people around the world, and will support TBHF with building stronger humanitarian partnerships in the UAE, the GCC region and beyond.The appointment reinforces Sharjah’s leading role in the international community in driving and supporting humanitarian campaigns worldwide.TBHF also plays a major role in facilitating increased cooperation with local and regional government bodies, international humanitarian organisations and UN agencies. TBHF and its partners operate in a range of countries and terrains – from major cities to remote villages – and tailor their programmes to fit the varying realities of individual conflict zones. http://tbhf.ae/donate-bigheart/ (Photo: Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi during his visit to Al Zaatari Refugee Camp Business Wire)

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Capiche, the Smart Assistant for Refugees

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 settembre 2017

Female refugeesBrussels. To improve communication with refugees coming to Europe, EIT Digital has launched a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) and crowd-based innovation, named “Capiche”. Originating from the European Refugee Information and Communication Service (ERICS), itself an EIT Digital Innovation Activity, it aims to support refugees with a mobile translation and search service, including an extremist and fake news filter solution. Capiche will soon be available for mobile users. It will be the first AI-system on the market that integrates crowd-sourcing with further exploitation of the collected and interpreted data to enhance the machine-learning system. Communication inside the European Union primarily depends on language and understanding each country’s cultural, economic and social nature. With growing numbers of refugees every day, there are thousands and thousands of persons facing huge hurdles. To solve such barriers Capiche provides real-time multilingual communication microservices based in the cloud, offered in major EU and refugee languages.
Capiche can reduce integration costs and speed-up time-to-job, while providing opportunities for services offered by public as well as private organizations in fields like transportation, healthcare, education, legal counselling, job offerings, or FMCG. All the accumulated data and content produced by refugees after analysis will be collected and translated to help match refugees’ demands of businesses or institutions and vice versa.

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ECJ ruling on refugees: no more excuses to delay transfers from Italy and Greece

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 settembre 2017

european parliamentBruxelles. European Parliament rapporteur for relocation decisions, Ska Keller (Greens, DE), and Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) welcome decision by the European Court of Justice. The Court ruled today against Hungary and Slovakia’s appeal against the EU decision to relocate refugees from Greece and Italy, stating that the scheme “actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate”. Ska Keller said: “Now that the ECJ has dismissed the actions of Hungary and Slovakia against the redistribution of refugees, there is no excuse. Finally, those member states which have so far boycotted redistribution must also deliver. Solidarity in the EU is not a one-way street. Government leaders such as Viktor Orbán cannot demand more money for border protection, while blocking the reception of refugees from Greece and Italy.” She added: “This ruling is a milestone for the EU. The ECJ confirmed that solidarity is a key principle of the common asylum policy. All member states must now live up to their obligations; it is insane that most countries are still lagging far behind. The European Commission should also follow-up with the infringement proceedings initiated against Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland for not doing their part”. Claude Moraes said: “Member States cannot dodge their responsibilities; today’s verdict has shown this. The Parliament has consistently called on Member States to quickly uphold their commitments, since the adoption of the relocation mechanism in 2015. Yet two years later, only 28 000 people out of the 160 000 have been relocated.”
According to Moraes, “the fact that collectively Member States have relocated less than a quarter of the modest figure of 160 000 people from Italy and Greece draws attention to significant gaps in the EU’s response to the biggest refugee crisis on the continent since World War II. We urgently need to have in place an organised and compassionate response.”
Against the background of severe migration and refugee crises in the summer of 2015, the EU adopted two emergency decisions to relocate thousands of refugees. 160 000 asylum seekers with a high chance of being granted refugee status from Italy and Greece were to be relocated by September 2017 to other member states where their applications would be processed. Both Hungary and Slovakia appealed the European Court of Justice to annul the second Decision, which foresaw the relocation of 120 000 asylum-seekers, denouncing what they considered wrong legal grounds and arguing that it was not proportionate nor adequate for the purpose sought. Last June, the European Commission announced infringement procedures against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for non-compliance with their obligations under the relocation decisions. Neither Hungary nor Poland have so far relocated anyone, while the Czech Republic has not done so since August 2016. According to UNHCR data, around 50 000 asylum-seekers are still stuck in Greece. Italy had a record number of arrivals in 2016, with 181 436 migrants and asylum-seekers reaching its shores. So far this year, 99 742 people have arrived in the country, mainly from Libya.

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Recognised refugees should get five-year renewable residence permits

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 giugno 2017

rifugiatiMEPs against compulsory review of the refugee status in case of changes in the country of originProtection can be withdrawn if the beneficiary is involved in serious crimes Residence permits for all beneficiaries of international protection in the EU should be valid for five years and be renewable for additional five-year periods.Civil Liberties Committee MEPs backed on Thursday a new “Qualification” regulation on the recognition of people in need of protection and for the rights granted to them. By turning the previous directive into a regulation, which is directly applicable by member states, criteria and standards for the recognition of a refugee status become more harmonised. The legislation was passed by 40 votes in favour to 13 against and with 4 abstentions.
The aim of the regulation is to ensure that asylum seekers face equal treatment and get the same form of protection regardless of the member state in which they file their request. This should help reduce ‘asylum-shopping’. MEPs also want to improve integration in the societies hosting refugees.MEPs aim to minimize the distinction in terms of rights between refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection (people at real risk of serious harm if they return to their home country, but who do not qualify for refugee status). Subsidiary protection was set up as a response to a short-term need, but this has not proved to be the case.When assessing an asylum claim, member states will have to rely on the information from the EU Agency for Asylum on the situation in the country of origin and should also verify possible internal protection alternatives. If there is no longer a need for protection, authorities can withdraw it. They can also do so if the beneficiary is involved in terrorism or other serious crimes. But MEPs deleted the compulsory review of the refugee status, following a “significant change in the country of origin” and left it as an option for national authorities.MEPs included provisions to make sure that unaccompanied children receive adequate protection, like any other children in the country they are located. They should have a guardian appointed, if possible the same one since their arrival to the EU, and be placed with relatives, foster families or in open specialised centres.

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Migrants and refugees in Italy: MEPs assess the situation ahead of the summer

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 giugno 2017

European_Investment_Bank_-_LuxemburgEuropean Parliament (Brussels) Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 3C50, Thursday, 8 June at 10.30 (situation in Italy) and at 16.00 (children in migration) MEPs on the Civil Liberties Committee will assess the situation of migrants and refugees in Italy and the ways forward as summer approaches. Italy is the main arrival point to the EU for migrants and asylum-seekers since the closure of the Balkan route and the EU-Turkey deal. In the first five months of 2017, already more than 60 000 people have arrived on its shores, compared to 47 883 in the same period in 2016. This trend is likely to continue during the warmer months, when better conditions at sea lead to more people attempting to cross over.According to UNHCR data, 1 778 persons have died or gone missing trying to reach Italy since the beginning of the year.Under the two emergency relocation decisions adopted in 2015, 39 600 asylum-seekers likely to be granted refugee status should be transferred from Italy to other EU countries, but so far only 6 502 have been moved (as of 2 June).
In a separate debate, MEPs will discuss with the European Commission how to better protect children in migration. Around 30% of persons seeking asylum in the EU in 2015 and 2016 were children, many of them travelling alone. Unaccompanied minors face a higher risk of becoming victims of violence, trafficking and exploitation.

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Refugees in Greece: MEPs to check reception centres, asylum procedures and relocation

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 maggio 2017

cartina-grecia-centrale-atticaA delegation of the Civil Liberties committee will be in Greece from 22 to 25 May to check the functioning of several reception centres and assess the management of asylum procedures and relocation schemes. MEPs will visit Athens and the islands of Kos and Lesvos. They will meet national and local authorities, as well as representatives of the EU, other international bodies and NGOs.In the context of their current legislative work on the reform of the Common European Asylum System, MEPs aim to understand better the functioning of “hotspots”, notably in view of the EU-Turkey migration deal, and the role of EU and national actors in dealing with the large number of arrivals of asylum-seekers and migrants. The conditions in the Greek reception centres have often been raised by MEPs, particularly regarding vulnerable groups such as unaccompanied minors. The EU´s assistance to Greece for dealing with the registration and management of asylum procedures, the implementation of the relocation decisions and the returns of migrants and asylum-seekers to Turkey in virtue of the EU-Turkey deal are also subjects of interest for the delegation.

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EP urges EU countries to speed up relocation of refugees, particularly children

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 maggio 2017

parlamento europeoMEPs condemn that, despite having agreed to move 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy by September 2017, EU member states have relocated just 11% of their total obligations (18,770 persons as of 16 May). They find the lack of solidarity and responsibility-sharing disappointing. In a resolution backed by 398 votes to 134 with 41 abstentions, Parliament urges EU countries to honour their commitments and prioritise the relocation of children without family and of other vulnerable applicants. MEPs point out that “only one single unaccompanied minor was relocated so far”.MEPs criticise a number of member states for “very restrictive and discriminatory preferences, such as granting relocation only to single mothers or excluding applicants from specific nationalities, such as Eritreans, and applying very extensive security checks”. Most countries still lag far behind their targets. Four have only been relocating on an extremely limited basis and two member states are still not participating at all, they add.Parliament makes clear that, even if they have not reached their relocation targets by September, EU countries will have to continue transferring eligible applicants. They also propose extending the relocation scheme until the new Dublin Regulation on asylum is adopted.Against the background of severe migration and refugee crises in the summer of 2015, the EU adopted two emergency decisions to relocate thousands of refugees. 160,000 asylum seekers with a high chance of being granted refugee status from Italy and Greece were to be relocated by September 2017 to other member states where their applications would be processed.In a subsequent decision approved by the Council in September 2016 – which was opposed by Parliament – member states agreed that 54,000 out of the 160,000 places could be used for the admission of Syrian refugees from Turkey, as part of the EU-Turkey migration deal, rather than from Italy or Greece.According to UNHCR data, around 50,000 asylum-seekers are still stuck in Greece, while Italy faced a new record in 2016 with 181.436 new arrivals.

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Refugees in Greece: Civil Liberties MEPs discussed the situation with Migration Minister Mouzalas

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 12 marzo 2017

cartina-grecia-centrale-atticaMEPs of the Civil Liberties Committee discussed on Thursday with Greek Minister of Migration, Ioannis Mouzalas, the situation of the refugee and migrant population in the country and the possible ways forward.Mr Mouzalas underlined that the living conditions of migrant and asylum-seekers in Greece have significantly improved in the last months, although the situation in the Aegean islands continues to be “difficult”. Special efforts are being made regarding unaccompanied minors, he added. The Minister complained about the “hypocrisy” of the EU institutions and other member states, for pointing their finger at Greece for the treatment of refugees while at the same not providing the help they committed. He welcomed the proposal by Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE) to make the relocation of asylum-seekers mandatory: “this is a good basis”, he said.
According to UNHCR data, around 46 000 migrants and asylum-seekers continue to be stranded in Greece. Conditions have been particularly dire during the winter in the islands, where there are still over 13 000 people.
EU countries agreed in 2015 to relocate 63 000 asylum-seekers from Greece to other member states over two years, but so far less than 10 000 persons have effectively been transferred.

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Refugees: Civil Liberties MEPs praise Canada´s resettlement and integration policies

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 febbraio 2017

torontoA delegation of Civil Liberties MEPs travelled to Canada to assess its resettlement and integration policies for refugees. They met with government officials in Ottawa and Toronto, members of the House of Commons, as well as representatives of UNHCR, NGOs and other stakeholders working in this field.Over 40,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Canada since November 2015 and the country is among the top destinations for refugees resettled through the UNHCR.”We are particularly impressed by the openness, welcoming spirit, support and efficiency shown by the Canadian authorities, and in particular by its citizens, in this effort to receive and integrate refugees into a new life in Canada”, said Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES), Head of the delegation.”In both Ottawa and Toronto we visited a number of refugee reception centres that provide specific services and assistance, we witnessed the strong involvement of the local communities and heard about the private sponsorship initiatives all contributing to integration and the full participation of newcomers in the economic, social, cultural and civic life of Canada”.
“It became clear during our meetings that a key to the successes of the resettlement and integration of refugees was the strong leadership shown by the Canadian authorities at all levels and the cross party support of a well-managed migration system”MEPs also discussed with the Canadian authorities the question of visa reciprocity. In this regard, Mr Díaz de Mera said: “we welcome the commitments made by Canadian Government and express our trust that the necessary steps will be taken in view of their implementation by December 2017”.The Head of the delegation underlined “the importance of this mission and of this exchange of best practices in the context of the related work at EU level on the proposal for a regulation that aims to establish a Union Resettlement framework.”
The Chair also emphasised in the context of the visit the importance of the consent given by the European Parliament to CETA and the Strategic Partnership Agreement, and welcomed the presence of Prime Minister Trudeau in the plenary session in February in Strasbourg. He also pointed out the importance of the future cooperation in the field of migration with Canada.

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Refugees: MEPs demand emergency winter aid and transfers to other EU countries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 gennaio 2017

Female refugeesEU and national authorities should provide emergency aid to help migrants and refugees to cope with freezing temperatures and snow in several parts of Europe, MEPs urged on Wednesday. They also called on EU governments to keep their promises to transfer thousands of asylum-seekers, particularly from Greece, to other countries. Several speakers called the plight of refugees in the Greek islands, but also in other countries like Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, “unacceptable” and some asked how many people have to die of cold before the EU reacts. Many MEPs underlined that only 6% of the 160,000 asylum-seekers who should have been relocated from Greece and Italy have so far been moved. “We are not proud of this very painful situation”, said humanitarian aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides, who explained that the EU had allocated enough money to help Greece cope with this unprecedented conditions, but that “some weaknesses on the ground did not allow this money to be utilised in the best way”.

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Stop inciting fear and hatred of migrants and refugees, urge MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 dicembre 2016

migrants-2EU member states should “refrain from inciting fear and hatred among their citizens towards migrants and asylum-seekers for political gain”, MEPs say in a resolution on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU, passed on Tuesday. “The European Union should not just deal with societal, legal and economic problems. The EU must also deal with the issue of fundamental rights and should set a good example”, said rapporteur József Nagy (EPP, SK).The resolution addresses key fundamental rights challenges in the EU in 2015, notably in the fields of migration, protection of children and online threats. It was passed by 456 votes to 138, with 104 abstentions. The rights to free movement and life-saving abortion are also stressed.MEPs deplore the “increasing levels of hate speech from within certain institutions, political parties and media” and expect the EU to set an example of opposing hate speech within its institutions.Member states should also step up their efforts to promote “European values, tolerance and a sense of community, without stigmatisation” to prevent radicalisation and violent extremism while developing positive information campaigns to help citizens view integration in a better way, says the text.
Vulnerable groups, in particular children on their own, should be identified as soon as possible, say MEPs. They call on member states to strengthen guardianship systems for unaccompanied children and encourage them to keep families together.Citing a Europol report that at least 10,000 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children went missing in the EU in 2015, MEPs call on member states to register and identify children in a child-friendly way to prevent their disappearance. They also recommend reinforcing existing tools for tracing missing children, such as the European hotlines.
To counter risks that children face on the internet, such as sexual exploitation, child pornography or cyber-bullying, MEPs ask that Europol and Eurojust be given appropriate resources to identify victims, fight networks of abusers and accelerate the referral of child abuse material. They also call for awareness-raising campaigns and school programmes to teach children about potential risks related to the internet and call for further cooperation between the public and private sectors to this end. MEPs also stress the challenge presented by the implications of widespread internet use and the need to consider the impact of new technologies, such as drones, on fundamental rights and privacy.

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New project to assess media portrayal of refugees in Europe and promote their rights to speak on their own behalf

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 dicembre 2016

Female refugeesAs increasing numbers of people are seeking refuge in Europe, a new project aims to promote the rights of refugees to speak on their own behalf, to assess their portrayal in the media and uphold good journalistic practices, and to raise the visibility of refugee voices and networks.
Launched on 1 December by the World Association for Christian Communication – Europe (WACC Europe) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the project will:
assess media portrayal and representation of refugees in at least five European countries, including countries of first entry, transit and final country granting asylum; engage with media professionals to highlight good practices; and develop action plans to promote the rights of refugees to communicate on their own behalf. The project will last for 12 months and builds on the media monitoring methodology of the World Association for Christian Communication, already used to good effect to track gender media representation and portrayal.More information about the project can be found on a special website: http://www.refugeesreporting.eu
The project will also contribute to the “Safe Passage” project of CCME which seeks to respond to the dramatic migration and refugee routes in the Mediterranean, primarily through the sharing of stories by refugees and as a support for advocacy.
Funding for the project is coming from the Otto per Mille fund (OPM) of the Waldensian Church in Italy, as well as the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland (Germany), and the World Council of Churches, with additional support from the Conference of European Churches and the World Association for Christian Communication.Stephen Brown, president of WACC Europe, said: “Media in Europe play a key role in how refugees are currently perceived in our various countries. We want to highlight ways in which media promote the rights of refugees to speak on their own behalf, and to uphold journalistic practices that challenge fears and disinformation.”WACC Europe is the European regional association of the World Association for Christian Communication (www.waccglobal.org), which builds on communication rights in order to promote social justice, supporting people of all faiths, ethnicities, and cultures worldwide. WACC has individual and corporate members in 120 countries worldwide. WACC’s UK office is facilitating the support from OPM.The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (www.ccme.be) is the ecumenical agency on migration and integration, asylum and refugees, and against racism and discrimination in Europe. Members are Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant Churches and Councils of Churches as well as church-related agencies in presently 18 European countries. CCME cooperates with the Conference of European Churches and the World Council of Churches. (photo: wacc)

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Don’t incite fear and hatred of migrants and refugees, MEPs urge EU countries

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 novembre 2016

Erifugiati sirianiU member states should “refrain from inciting fear and hatred in their citizens towards migrants and asylum-seekers for political gains”, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs voting a resolution on fundamental rights in the EU on Thursday. The rights to free movement and life-saving abortion are also stressed in the text, which will now be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole.The non-legislative resolution, drafted by József Nagy (EPP, SK), addresses the key fundamental rights challenges in the European Union in 2015, notably in the fields of migration, protecting children and the online environment.”This is an exceptional agreement! “, said Mr Nagy. “The mass of unsolved problems Europe-wide cause discontent among the public and fuels extremism. We call on the EU and its member states to provide more help to those in need, show more understanding towards minorities and ensure that institutions work fairly. With regard to the security and migration crisis, we ask for reasonable solidarity and responsibility, more cooperation and effective protection of our external borders”, he concluded. His resolution was passed by 41 votes to 4.
MEPs urge member states to guarantee that reception facilities do not deprive people of their fundamental rights to dignified living conditions and to pay special attention to the needs of vulnerable groups, such as asylum seekers with special needs, and women and children, in particular those who are on their own.They note that appointing guardians for unaccompanied children is an important safeguard to ensure their best interests and also encourage member states to keep families together.MEPs call on member states to develop “positive” public information campaigns to accelerate the integration of migrants and refugees and to share best practices in this field. They stress that access to education is vital for integrating refugees.They deplore the “increasing levels of hate speech from within certain institutions, political parties and media” and call on the EU to set an example by “opposing hate speech within the institutions”.
MEPs also call on the Commission to support member states’ efforts to prevent radicalisation and violent extremism by promoting European values, tolerance and a sense of community, and by preventing the stigmatisation of any religious or ethnic group.Citing a Europol report that at least 10,000 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children went missing in the EU in 2015, MEPs call on member states and EU agencies to step up their information exchanges and joint investigations to fight child trafficking, sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation.
Member states should register and identify children in a child-friendly way to ensure that they enter national child protection systems and prevent their disappearance, MEPs say. They also recommend reinforcing existing tools for tracing missing children, such as the European hotlines.To counter risks that children face on the internet, such as sexual exploitation, child pornography or cyber-bullying, MEPs ask that Europol and Eurojust be given appropriate resources to identify victims, fight networks of sexual abusers and accelerate the referral of child abuse material. They also call for awareness raising campaigns and school programs to teach children about potential risks related to the internet and for member states to address cyber bullying.MEPs recall that all persons have the right to privacy and the right to access personal data concerning them as well as the right to have personal data erased and the right to be forgotten in accordance with EU and national legislation. The draft resolution on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU 2015 is Parliament’s reply to the Commission’s annual report on fundamental rights in the EU. It is to be put to a plenary vote in December in Strasbourg.

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Opportunities in Education for Refugees in Europe: Reviewing Research and Good Practices

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 ottobre 2016

-bergamoBergamo 18 November 2016 9 a.m. Aula Magna – Piazzale S. Agostino 3,Department of Human and Social Sciences. The tragic events related to the recent increased wave of migrants arriving in Europe fleeing from war or hard living conditions, have revealed the profound economic and social factors that give rise to the phenomenon of mass migration. Both the sheer number of people escaping hardship and danger and the different types of countries involved highlight the permanent character of these migratory movements. This situation confronts us with the need to make choices that go beyond the current inadequate and unsteady emergency plans and implement systematic policies for resettlement and inclusion on a broader societal level. Promoting systematic inclusion policies means recognizing that the arrival of migrants and refugees, many of whom are children, is a challenge and a great educational opportunity for the European school systems.
Even though a large body of literature on the social inclusion of refugees is available today, investigation into refugee children and their education remains relatively underdeveloped, especially in relation to the implementation of school-based interventions and programmes. Currently, research and good practice in this field have been mainly developed within the boundaries of national educational politics and policies, addressing distinct populations. This fragmentation has stood in the way of a systematic analysis of the question at the European level, which is a necessary condition for the advancement of successful educational interventions that might measure up to the current size of the phenomenon. The seminar will systematically compare and discuss the growing, but still disjointed, body of knowledge that is emerging from European countries.
The seminar will be divided into two sessions: in the morning, invited speakers from Austria, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, and UK will present a report of the current situation and future prospect of refugee education in their country;
in the afternoon, contributions from researchers and schools, selected through the call for paper process, will be presented during parallel sessions chaired by young researchers or PhD students from university partners.(font: University of Bergamo Department of Human and Social Sciences)

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Civil Liberties Committee MEPs attended UN high-level meeting on refugees

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 settembre 2016

onu assembleaNew York. A Civil Liberties Committee delegation visited the UN in New York City from 18 to 20 September, where they attended the UNGA high-level meeting on migrants and refugees. The delegation chief Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE) also gave a speech on the driving forces behind migration, in which she highlighted the positive contributions from global movement. Further, MEPs met with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans to discuss a more humane and coordinated approach to refugee challenges.This was the first time the General Assembly has called for a summit at the Heads of State and Government level on large movements of refugees and migrants, as well as on how to internationally respond to it.“Global action must really be comprehensive. That is to say that forced migration should not be the only possibility for international mobility. We should speak about migration with two elements – legal migration and people in need of internal protection. At the level of the EU and especially its Member States it means implementing a comprehensive policy based on solidarity and on developing legal, safe and orderly migration to the EU, said Ms Wikström.The General Assembly also adopted a set of commitments to enhance the protection of people fleeing from conflict – which were agreed on 2 August – and will be known as the New York Declaration.MEPs taking part in the delegation were Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE), Róza Maria GRÄFIN VON THUN UND HOHENSTEIN (EPP, PL) and Elly SCHLEIN (S&D, IT). They also had a meeting with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and the current European Union ambassador to the United Nations João Vale de Almeida, to discuss what more could be done to address migration challenges on EU and global level. The visit further included roundtables, plenary sessions, a private sector forum on migration and refugees, as well as a bilateral meeting with Ms Karen Abuzayd, UN special advisor on the summit on addressing the large movements of refugees and migrants.

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Civil Liberties Committee MEPs to attend UN high-level meeting on refugees

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 settembre 2016

New YorkNew York. A Civil Liberties Committee delegation will be in New York City from 18 to 20 September, to take part in a UN high-level meeting on refugees and migrants. The UN General Assembly is expected to adopt a set of commitments to enhance the protection of people fleeing from conflict. MEPs will also meet Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
Once adopted, these commitments – which were agreed to on 2 August – will be known as the New York Declaration. Members travelling in the delegation are Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE), Róza Maria GRÄFIN VON THUN UND HOHENSTEIN (EPP, PL) and Elly SCHLEIN (S&D; IT).
The visit will also include roundtables, plenary sessions, a private sector forum on migration and refugees, as well as a bilateral meeting with Ms Karen Abuzayd, UN special advisor on the summit on addressing the large movements of refugees and migrants.

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