Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons


International Migrants Day

On International Migrants Day, Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chair of the Migration Committee, made a pressing appeal for increased protection of migrant workers against exploitation and the violation of their human rights. “Thirty years ago, on 18 December 1990, the United Nations... More

Protecting and assisting victims of arbitrary displacement

The Migration Committee, meeting by videoconference, today expressed its deep concern over victims of arbitrary displacement. The report by Fabien Gouttefarde (France, ALDE), unanimously adopted by the committee, indicates that, according to the UNHCR, nearly 80 million persons have been... More

‘Missile strikes on civilian areas have to stop’, says Migration Committee Chairperson

“Missile strikes on civilian areas have to stop,” said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chairperson of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons. “The strike on the Azeri town of Barda, reportedly killing 21, is a tragedy. So is the strike which reportedly hit a maternity... More

Webinar: the importance of migrants’ remittances in times of crisis

A virtual parliamentary webinar on the importance of migrants’ remittances in times of crisis heard evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on amounts being sent home by migrants, and discussed ways of keeping these transfers flowing and making them easier. The webinar, which was organised by PACE’s... More

Moria, Lesbos: chronicle of a disaster foretold

“The fires that have now burnt out the Moria camp for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Lesbos is a chronicle of a disaster foretold,” said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chairperson of the PACE Migration Committee. “We know what happens when thousands of persons are confined in... More

PACE committee condemns attacks on NGOs who assist refugees and migrants

PACE’s Migration Committee has strongly condemned attacks on NGOs and their donors who are assisting refugees and migrants and said that governments or political organisations should not use such NGOs as “vehicles for extending their sphere of influence through political agitation”. It pointed... More