Over the past two weeks the EU institutions have focused their work around migration and asylum. The European Commission has published its 6th report on the state of advancement of relocations, resettlement (read: EU-Turkey deal), restart of Dublin transfers for Greece and restoration of the Schengen regime. In this regard, ECRE echoed the criticism made by the UNHCR, who urged for the relocation of asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to be speeded up. The European Parliament drew a state of play of reception and resettlement of refugees after a fact-finding mission was organised in Lebanon. It also rejected a Commission proposal to reallocate 54.000 places from relocation to resettlement of asylum seekers under the motto “resettlement should not take place at the expense of relocation”. The European Council (i.e. heads of state and government) met in Bratislava and agreed upon a declaration whose points range from increasing return rates to expulsions and early prevention of radicalization.
The Council of Europe focused on prevention of violence against children and young people’s access to rights and held a discussion on tolerance and compassion with the Dalai Lama, which are also at the core of a Commission call for projects and, to a certain extent, of a competition launched by the International Labour Organisation.
NGOs have focused on forums and exchange of practices that took place recently. ECRE tool stock of what was (and was not) achieved at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants and presented the main outcomes of its seminar on Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion. Eurochild reported on the kick-off meeting of the Council of Europe Child Rights Committee and launched the new policy-oriented European Family Support Network. Social Platform reported on good practices on integration of third country nationals that were presented at a debate at the European Parliament.