Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons


Migration Committee Chair: sea rescue operations need all Europe’s support and solidarity

Doris Fiala (Switzerland, ALDE) Doris Fiala, Chairperson of the Migration Committee, has commended Spain for its offer to open the port of Valencia to the Aquarius, now drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants on board. More

Refugees must not be a tool for political pressure in Turkey, says rapporteur

“I am dismayed at the Turkish authorities’ announcement that its readmission agreement with Greece has been suspended, following the release from custody in Greece of Turkish soldiers seeking asylum in Greece". More

Committee urges states to allow applications for refugee status from abroad and to create safe 'refugee shelters'

Meeting today in Paris, the Migration Committee has called on Council of Europe member States to allow applications for asylum from outside the country “as an exceptional measure on humanitarian grounds”. More

Border control by third countries should still respect human rights

The committee has urged the EU or individual states making agreements with third countries for “external” border control or asylum processing to ensure that they guarantee human rights. More

Rapporteur praises Turkey’s great efforts to manage 3.6 million migrants

At the end of a fact-finding visit to Ankara, Istanbul and Kirklareli, PACE rapporteur Tineke Strik has praised Turkey’s great efforts to manage the 3.6 million migrants in the country. More

Aid for Syrian refugees living in neighbouring countries ‘indispensable’, says PACE committee

The committee has said that greater financial support from the international community for refugees in the countries neighbouring Syria is “indispensable”, while calling on these countries to maintain an “open-door” policy. More