15 November 2014: The VII World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants will take place in Rome from 17-21 November, 2014, focusing on the theme of “Cooperation and Development in the Pastoral Care of Migration”. The event is hosted by the Pontificate Council of Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People. Nearly 300 experts from 93 countries are expected to participate, including CIR’s Director Christopher Hein, in the capacity of Consultant to the Pontificate Council.
12 November 2014: Finalists have been chosen in the “Fammi Vedere” (“Show Me”) short film competition on asylum rights sponsored by CIR. Launched in June with entries due in October, the competition sought portraits of the world of asylum seekers and refugees in cinematic terms.
12 November 2014: Two new reports released by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveal the human rights situation at air and land ports of the EU, which are often the entry points for asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking. The reports reveal fundamental problems that impede the identification of human trafficking victims and prevent asylum seekers from having the opportunity to apply for protection.
Read a summary of the reports’ findings and find links to download the reports from the FRA (all in English) here
11 November 2014: Today, during the second day of the 2014 Fundamental Rights Conference organized by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) entitled “Fundament Rights and Migration to the EU”, CIR’s Director Christopher Hein participated in the working group session on “Smuggling as a means of last resort to enter the EU.”
10 November 2014: In a recent European conference of the same name in Brussels, CIR released its new publication “Access to Protection: Bridges, not Walls”. The report is the product of research conducted by CIR and its partners in six European nations as part of the “Access to Protection: a Human Right” Projected funded by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM).
25 October 2014: The Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) and ECRE will host a conference on access to Europe and to asylum procedures for people fleeing war and persecution on Tuesday, 10/28/2014 at 09:00 at the Polak Room of the Residence Palace, 155 Rue de la Loi, 1040 in Brussels. Read more.