19 June, 2016

Facts and Useful Links about Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe

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Category: Asylum seekers, Refugees
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This is a collection of relevant and reliable resources and information in relation to refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. The internet is full of bias and manipulated content that aims to create fear and hatred towards refugees and asylum seekers. Extreme nationalist parties, politicians and their media tends to use each and every negative story or case to generalize about people who flee from war zones and terror zones in hope for safety and future. These kind of generalizations and stereotypes will not help in solving the problems but will only create tension, prejudice and hatred. Facts and truth together with respecting Human Rights are the only means to face the reality and find relevant and comforting solutions for both the refugees and the host communities. In order to remain on the ground of common sense and humanity the following resources of information are suggested.

Council of Europe

Secretary General Special representative on migration and refugees.

Commissioner on Human Rights, short into on who he is and his thematic work on Migration and Refugees.

A dedicated website on Migration and Human Rights listing the work of the various bodies of the Council of Europe.

Council of Europe work against trafficking of human beings

An important article on risk of sexual exploration of refugee/migrant children.


United Nation: The official website of the World Refugee Day by the UNHCR.

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European alliance of 90 NGOs protecting and advancing the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons. Established in 1974, ECRE is a European network of 90 NGOs in 38 European countries. It protects and advances the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons. Its diverse membership ranges from large international NGOs with global scope to small organisations of dedicated activists; members work on humanitarian relief, social service provision, legal assistance, litigation, monitoring policy and law, advocacy, and campaigning.

Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) is an ecumenical organisation that serves the churches in their commitment to promote the vision of an inclusive community through advocating for an adequate policy for migrants, refugees and minority groups at European and national level. In the fulfilment of this mandate it is responding to the message of the Bible which insists on the dignity of every human being and to the understanding of unity as devoid of any distinction between strangers and natives

UNITED is calling on European NGOs to join the campaign by confirming their support for the campaign statement. You can read the full campaign statement below, and you can support the campaign by filling in the simple online form here. Joining the campaign does not oblige your organisation to take any further action, though we would appreciate your continued support in promoting the campaign once it is launched on 17 June. Joining the campaign means that not only will your organisation be supporting this important online action, but will also be promoted as an organisation with which young people can take action to build a brighter future and end the scapegoating of migrants and refugees. The campaign, which UNITED is coordinating with partners from the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, will run online from June to September 2016.


European Union

The European Commission has taken a comprehensive approach to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe with its European Agenda for Migration, drawing on the various tools and instruments available at the EU level and in the Member States. The Commission’s humanitarian and civil protection department supports refugees and their host communities in four ways.


Understanding basic terms

Refugee or migrant? The two terms have distinct and different meanings, and confusing them leads to problems for both populations.

Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers: what’s the difference? The three terms are often used to mean the same thing, but each has a distinct meaning that carries different international obligations and consequences. An article in The Guardian.

This video offers a twenty-five-minute talk by a lawyer from the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights (http://www.echr.coe.int) and was recorded in the Court’s main hearing room. It provides an overview of the Court’s jurisprudence in matters related to asylum. It is principally aimed at legal professionals and civil society organisations. The video was produced by the Court in cooperation with, and with the support of, the Council of Europe’s Programme “Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals” (HELP; http://www.coe.int/help). Entire talk: http://www.echr.coe.int/Documents/COU…

Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration.

EU parliament news article on the refugee crisis from 2015.

An example of a counter narrative to refugees treat to French towns.

All the relevant information with facts and procedures about Asylum Seekers in Europe:  


EU institutions and agencies’ reports

FRA, Opinion concerning an EU common list of safe countries of origin, March 2016

FRA, Fundamental rights implications of the obligation to provide fingerprints for Eurodac, October 2015

European Commission, Report on the implementation of the Migration Statistics Regulation, July 2015

EASO, Annual Report on the situation of asylum in the EU 2014, July 2015

EU-LISA, Annual Report on the 2014 Activities of Eurodac, June 2015

EMN, Annual Report on immigration and asylum 2014, June 2015

EASO, Annual Report on the situation of asylum in the EU 2013, July 2014

FRA, Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2013, June 2014

FRA & ECtHR, Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration, June 2014

FRA monthly overviews of migration-related fundamental rights concerns can be found here.

ECRE/ELENA, Research Note: Bulgaria, February 2016

ECRE, Case-Law Fact Sheet: Prevention of Dublin transfers to Hungary, January 2016

ECRE/ELENA Information Note on Dublin transfers post-Tarakhel: Update on European case law and practice, October 2015

ECRE, European Database of Asylum Law

European Court on Human Rights, Case Law Database

Court of Justice of the European Union, Case Law Database

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