Electoral rights of immigrants discussed in Malmö PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00
A study visit and seminar on electoral rights of third country nationals, organized for 28 participants from 9 states  of Central and Eastern EU, took place in Malmö last week. Government,  municipal and immigrants´ association representatives were invited by the Organization for Aid to Refugees and Malmö University to learn from the Swedish experience in including immigrants into public and political life. The event, supported by the European Union, was a unique learning opportunity for Central and Eastern EU experts with a view to improve participation of immigrants in local election or in five states (Czech Republic, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria and Poland) to brainstorm the idea of granting the electoral rights to third country nationals.
The Romanian National Council for Refugees shares the view that granting electoral rights to immigrants with permanent resident permit  is very important for their participation in the public life and for shaping migration policies not for the purpose of exploitation of cheap workforce but based on the principle of equal opportunities like in Sweden.
Co-funded by the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 08:43
Participation of immigrants in public life must increase. CNRR partners up for new project supported by the European Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 December 2013 15:28

The Romanian National Council for Refugees (CNRR) together with partners from 8 Central and Eastern EU countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic) commenced with implementation of the projectFostering political participation and policy involvement of migrants on 9 Central and Eastern EU countries”, supported by the European Commission´s Fund for Integration of Third Country Nationals. The aim of the project is to achieve electoral rights of third country nationals with permanent resident permits at municipal and regional level, to increase participation of immigrants in decision making processes as well as to support immigrants in formulation and implementation of solutions to problems directly affecting their lives.  Our goal is to improve participation of immigrants in public life and thereby address their marginalization and exploitation in Central and Eastern EU Member States.



Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013 20:22
Amnesty Annual Report: Europe continues to fail refugees and migrants PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 09 June 2013 19:42

The European Union implements border control measures that put the lives of migrants and asylum seekers at risk and fails to guarantees the safety of those fleeing conflict and persecution, Amnesty International said this week as it launched its annual assessment of the state of human rights full article

Swiss back tighter asylum rules PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 06:45

Almost 80% of voters approved changes made to the asylum law last September, final results of a referendum said.

Under the new rules military desertion is no longer a reason for granting asylum, and people cannot now apply through Swiss foreign embassies.

About 48,000 people are in the process of seeking asylum in Switzerland.

But the number of asylum seekers is rising sharply and is at its highest in a decade.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 06:47
European Commission promotes measures to maximize the positive impact of migration on development PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 09 June 2013 19:24

The European Commission has released a new Communication entitled “Maximising the Development Impact of Migration” recommending ways in which migration and mobility can contribute to inclusive and economic social development and how to strengthen global cooperation in this area.

The Communication highlights how the presence of refugees and other forced migrants can result in new opportunities and benefits for national and local economies. The Commission calls on all relevant actors to foster international and regional labour mobility, ensure that development strategies recognise migration and mobility as key drivers of sustainable development, and respect the dignity and uphold the fundamental and human rights of migrants, regardless of their legal status.

The Communication will provide the basis for a common position of the EU and its Member States at the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, organised by the United Nations General Assembly on 3-4 October 2013.

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 June 2013 19:53
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