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  • 8 Mar 2017
    Ref: 10/2017
    Migration needs fair responsibility sharing based on EU-wide solidarity

    3rd Migration Forum urges Member States to honour their common agreement on relocating migrants.We need to change the narrative and disseminate the many good stories as an antidote to the fears and worries spread by right-wing populists. Efforts towards integration need to be accelerated - the city of Mechelen could be a role model of what successful integration can look like. Family reunification is key to proper integration, and so is access to work and basic services. Therefore it is indispensable for Member States to stick to the relocation programme they themselves agreed upon in September 2015. It is unacceptable that 9 Member States did not relocate any refugees. Europe needs solidarity in order to handle this challenge.

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    20 Jun 2016
    Ref: 45/2016
    On World Refugee Day, the EESC calls for a rights-based approach in the EU

    Refugees have been the focus of news and debate in Europe over the last year, with the number of asylum applicants reaching 1.3 million in 2015. Their ever increasing flows, the heated debates and the powerful tensions that this influx has generated in Europe make it more important than ever to mark World Refugee Day, to commemorate the many refugees who have lost their lives while seeking safety and to reflect on how best to respond to a trend which, as studies show, is likely to continue.

  • 25 May 2016
    Ref: 35/2016
    EESC views on refugees in Turkey: “irregular crossing will not stop”

    As part of a wider programme of country visits to 11 EU countries and to Turkey, an EESC delegation undertook a three-day mission to Ankara and Izmir to meet authorities and civil society organisations active in the migration field from 9 to 11 March 2016.  In its Turkey mission report, the EESC presents 13 concrete recommendations to address the current situation. According to the report, no matter what is agreed between States, irregular crossing will not stop as long as the war in Syria continues. Protecting persons seeking protection in Turkey and elsewhere is a key concern that would benefit from a rights-based EU approach in concluding agreements with Turkey and any concerned country.

  • 23 May 2016
    Ref: 34/2016
    EESC to reward outstanding civil society initiatives CIVIL SOCIETY PRIZE 2016 on MIGRATION

    For nearly two years the large and unprecedented flow of refugees from war-torn or underdeveloped countries to the European Union has heavily impacted Europe's political and social life. Providing food and shelter for the masses of refugees reaching the EU, familiarise them with the new realities and cultural differences as well as supporting them through their integration process was and still is a major challenge which the concerned Member States could only face thanks to the spontaneous and overwhelming support of citizens and civil society in general.

    The EESC Civil Society Prize 2016 wishes to reward civil society organisations and/or individuals that have made a significant contribution in taking on this challenge by helping refugees and migrants and thus promoting European values and cohesion.

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    27 Apr 2016
    Ref: 28/2016
    Two way integration policies will benefit refugees and locals, says EESC

    A new EESC opinion calls for a stronger focus on integration policies and highlights best practice examples. If integration is successful it will lead to social cohesion, economic growth and job creation.

  • 6 Apr 2016
    Ref: 22/2016
    Civil society shapes the European migration agenda: employment & integration are key priorities

    Since the peak of the migration flow in 2015, the European Union has had to focus on operational and urgent responses to immediate challenges. However, a solid long-term migration policy needs to be developed to manage and accompany migration, as stated in the European Agenda on Migration. The second edition of the European Migration Forum (6-7 April), co-organised by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee, is tasked to translate civil society's feedback into a concrete migration policy for the European Union.

  • 17 Mar 2016
    Ref: 18/2016
    Mogherini: Civil society key to EU global foreign and security strategy. Avramopoulos welcomes EESC report on migration crisis

    Speaking at the EESC Plenary on 16 March 2016, Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, outlined her consultative approach to a common EU foreign and security policy, and the key contribution of civil society to a global strategy. More

  • 16 Mar 2016
    Ref: 16/2016
    EESC report reveals true extent of migrant crisis

    Key messages on EU migration strategy from 11 fact-finding country visits and 180+ meetings with Civil Society organisations active in the field. Persecution, conflict and poverty drove more than one million people to seek safety in Europe last year. Significant numbers went missing or died (most drowned) making the arduous journey. The majority who reached Europe made their way across the Mediterranean, arriving mainly in Greece and Italy. For those who survived, arrival in Europe has rarely meant the end of suffering and harsh conditions. As part of its reflections on EU migration strategy, the EESC published a report based on fact-finding country visits and meetings with more than 180 stakeholders, mainly from civil society organisations actively working with refugees and migrants ...

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  • 4 Feb 2016
    Ref: 07/2016
    The EESC standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the European Commission in managing the migration crisis and working to secure a social Europe

    Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, reiterated European civil society organisations' support in this to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, when the two met today.

    This increased support entails greater political cooperation between the Commission and the EESC so as to bring the European institutions closer to the people of Europe and to defend the values and major successes of the Union, such as the achievements of the Schengen agreement and the Union's achievements in the social domain and the consolidation thereof.

  • 15 Jan 2016
    Ref: 01/2016
    Your Europe, Your Say! 2016 school debate kicks off

    33 schools from across Europe selected to come to Brussels to discuss migration

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has selected 33 secondary schools from across Europe to participate in this year's edition of Your Europe Your Say! which will take place in Brussels on 17-19 March 2016. One school from each of the 28 EU Member States and the 5 candidate countries, for the first time from Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey, were chosen from over 400 applications.

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