The phenomenon of violence against migrants has significantly
increased throughout Europe over recent years, manifesting itself
in forms such as physical violence, labour exploitation, trafficking,
sexual harassment and abuse, discrimination and hate speech.
Even if the rights of migrants are generally protected through
legal instruments, violence still remains a big issue whether it
be in the context of smuggling migrants, violence in detention centres
or the forced labour market.
This report places the protection of the human rights of migrants,
as well as the necessity to combat racism, discrimination and hate
speech which lead to violence against migrants, at the forefront
of migration management priorities through a series of specific
It suggests a number of measures to improve legislation as
well as the protection of and assistance to the victims of violence.
It also stresses that awareness-raising measures and information-sharing
with the host populations can play a major role in preventing violence
The report highlights the role of local communities in preventing
violence against migrants. The member States of the Council of Europe
should empower local authorities to support migrants’ integration
through housing, social inclusion and job creation programmes.