Events & activities on immigration and asylum - page 1

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  • Public Hearing - Brussels, Belgium

    Turkey’s geographical position makes it a first reception and transit country for many refugees and migrants. As the result of an unprecedented influx of people seeking refuge, the country currently hosts around 3 million registered Syrian refugees and is making commendable efforts to provide them with humanitarian aid and support. The EU is committed to assist Turkey in dealing with this challenge. The EU-Turkey Statement, which was issued on 18 March 2016, reconfirmed both parties' commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey joint action plan activated on 29 November 2015.

    A hearing will be organized by the EESC to examine different aspects of protection which Turkey offers to refugees, from the point of view of civil society organisations (CSOs). Particular attention will be devoted to evaluating economic, social and humanitarian conditions of refugees in the country and new areas of cooperation will be explored.


  • Decriminalising solidarity and providing humanitarian admission
    Public Hearing - European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Van Maerlant Building, Room VMA 3, Rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

    The event focused on the response of European civil society to the insecure situation of migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe. The focus was on two issues: preventing the criminalisation of humanitarian assistance and introducing humanitarian admission programmes. As regards the first, panellists presented cases and testimonies of people and organisations punished for offering help to irregular migrants in need. The second panel looked at current practice and initiatives to promote access to Europe on humanitarian grounds or via resettlement. Participants shared their views on the European legislation in place at present and suggested how both public and private actors can give migrants and refugees in need a helping hand.


  • Public Hearing - European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Jacques Delors building, room JDE 63, Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

    The EESC contributed to the Fitness Check of Legal Migration by collecting the views of the organisations represented within the EESC and other civil society organisations (using a questionnaire and fact-finding missions in selected Member States and this hearing).

    The purpose of the hearing was to discuss possible ways of streamlining the current EU framework for the sake of better management of legal migration flows and better alignment of legal migration policy to the economic and social needs of the EU.

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    Migrants' access to the EU, to rights and to services - Challenges and ways forward
    Meeting - European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

    The European Migration Forum – the dialogue platform on migration, asylum and migrant integration - met for the third time in March 2017.

    Participation in the Forum meeting is by invitation only


  • Public Hearing - European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Van Maerlant Building, Room VMA 3, Rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

    The EESC and its Permanent Study group on Disability rights are organizing a public hearing on the situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities on 14 February 2017.

    The objective of the hearing is to draw attention on the situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities, by raising awareness among organizations working with them on the rights and needs of persons with disabilities.

    In the first part we will focus on the situation in Greece and will present the report and recommendations issuing from the EESC visit to Lesbos and Athens in October 2016. In the second part we will enlarge the picture and look at what the EU and civil society can do to tackle the crisis in particular with regard to vulnerable refugees and migrants.

    Your presence and input are most welcome!


  • Public hearing contributing to the preparation of the EESC opinion
    Public Hearing - Brussels, Belgium

    The EESC will organise a public hearing in the framework of its opinion on "Establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration" in the morning of the 12th of January. These hearings are the opportunity for the Member of the study group working on the opinion to hear the input from stakeholders on the topic before finalising the EESC opinion.

    Much has been achieved since the adoption of the European Agenda on Migration, not least beyond the EU's borders. Based on the Valetta Summit and the different process linked with migration and third countries, the EU is now looking to create new coherent and tailored partnerships on migration with countries of origin and transit.

    This hearing will focus on the current status and challenges of these partnerships as well as the Civil society perspective on them.

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    JCC Meeting - Ankara, Turkey

    The EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee (JCC)  brings together representatives of organised civil society from the EU and Turkey. It complements the other bodies set up within the framework of the Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey and enables civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the accession negotiations and initiate debates on issues of common interest. Its members come from various economic and social interest groups. This is the 35th meeting and it took place in Ankara.


  • Public Hearing - Brussels, Belgium

    Forced displacement is not only a humanitarian issue, but also an economic and political challenge for which a greater involvement of development stakeholders is needed. In this sense, the EESC is drafting an opinion on the European Commission Communication on Forced Displacement and Development. Within the framework of this opinion, a Public Hearing will take place on 10/10.


  • Meeting - Brussels, Belgium

    The European Migration Forum (EMF) – the dialogue platform on migration, asylum and migrant integration – will meet for the third time in March 2017.

    The EESC Permanent study group on Immigration and Integration (IMI) organises a consultation event with relevant stakeholders to offer input to the Forum Bureau on possible topics of the 2017 Forum meeting.

    The event is accessible to all organisations working in the field of migration, asylum and migrant integration.

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    co-organised seminar
    Seminar - European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), JDE building, room JDE62, Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels, Belgium, Belgium

    Within a short time, a great number of people seeking refuge arrived in Europe. While this phenomenon has created a major political crisis, it has also awakened solidarity, creativity and a desire for change in our societies. Communities all over Europe have taken ownership for receiving and including newcomers.

    Join us at the Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion Seminar, to reflect on these new dynamics in European societies through workshops, plenary sessions and match-making sessions.

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