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Social media project ‘Rays of Hope’

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has launched the social media project #RaysOfHope in which he intends to promote positive initiatives in favour of refugees. Here is his message: Very often during my work I have encountered inadequate immigration … Continue reading

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Worldwide displacement at all time high of 60 million people

Wars, conflict and persecution have forced more people than at any other time since records began to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere, according to a new report from UNHCR. UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report: World at … Continue reading

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Human costs of border control

On 12 May 2015, researchers of VU University Amsterdam release a border death database, based on official death records of migrants who died at the Southern European borders in the years 1990-2013. They suggest that European states continue to collect … Continue reading

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Commentary on priorities EU migration agenda

The Centre for European Policy Studies has issued a commentary on the priorities for the new European agenda on migration. The authors of the commentary argue that the EU shold focus on two sets of thematic priorities: first, to develop rule … Continue reading

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Proposal European Commission for unaccompanied minors well received

Last year, the European Commission proposed to amend the Dublin regulation regarding the Member State responsible for examining the asylum application of unaccompanied children with no family members residing legally in EU. According to the proposal, the Member State responsible for examining the … Continue reading

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New report by UNHCR: do not return asylum-seekers to Greece

Over the last two years Greece and neighbouring Mediterranean states have been experiencing an increase in the number of refugees and migrants arriving by sea, many seeking to move on to other EU states. In 2014, around 43,500 refugees and … Continue reading

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Aid in a World of Crisis: Op-ed by Antonio Guterres

Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, has written an op-ed on the global crisis of displacement and persecution. Never before in the 64th-year history of UNHCR has the agency had to address so much human misery. “At the … Continue reading

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UNHCR seeks comments on two new guidelines

UNHCR is seeking comments on two new proposed guidelines, one on Article 1D and its application to Palestinian refugees, and the other on the definition of ‘habitual residence’. The deadline for submission is 9 January 2015. All stakeholders, including States, other UN and … Continue reading

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EU Court of Justice: no more detailed sexual questions in gay asylum cases

The European Court of Justice has ruled today on 2 December 2014 that detailed sexual questions, intimate videos and ‘medical tests’ are no longer permissible to assess the credibility of people seeking asylum on the basis of their sexual preference. … Continue reading

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“Migrants’ and children’s rights need better protection in the Netherlands”

news Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, released a report after his visit to the Netherlands, stating that “The Netherlands has a solid human rights protection system, but in practice there are shortcomings, in particular as concerns … Continue reading

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