FLEMISH REFUGEE ACTION (BE)
Flemish Refugee Action is an independent, non-governmental organisation that defends the rights and interests of refugees and asylum seekers. We work with over 40 member organisations. Flemish Refugee Action also relies on the support of numerous enthusiastic volunteers.
Our vision and work is based on four central pillars:
widen the social support base and influence public opinion
Flemish Refugee Action is a movement. Together with our members and partner associations we strive to influence the knowledge, feelings, attitudes and opinions of the Flemish public towards refugees. Via media campaigns, creative actions and articles in the press we work to inform the general public about refugee issues and our positions.
put pressure on policy-makers
We defend the rights and interests of refugees in our daily contacts with policy-makers at Belgian national, Flemish, European and local levels. We critically monitor government policy and, whenever necessary, we formulate positions and proposals for improvements and policy changes. This is done through lobby work, the media and campaigns.
offer support to anyone supporting refugees
Flemish Refugee Action offers expert information, training, publications and extensive helpdesks to everyone who, either professionally or voluntarily, works with, assists or counsels asylum seekers and refugees. Through our projects we develop innovative working methods for social assistants and governments.
stimulate collaboration between organisations and individuals working with and for refugees
Flemish Refugee Action encourages organisations and individuals to join forces to improve the quality of the assistance offered to asylum seekers and refugees.
Flemish Refugee Action coordinates with the Jesuit Refugee Service Belgium and CIRé, a group of visitors to detention centres. They regularly visit detainees, provide them with legal advice and report on detention practices. This network of visitors facilitates the close monitoring of conditions in the five Belgian detention centres.
DETENTION ACTION (UK)
Detention Action is a UK charity that aims to change the way that migrants are treated by immigration detention policy. It defends the rights and improves the welfare of people in detention by combining support for individuals with campaigning for policy change. Detention Action works alongside people in detention both to seek their own release and to advocate for systemic change, enabling their voices to be heard.
Detention Action supports migrants directly in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres near Heathrow Airport, London, as well as migrants detained under immigration powers in prisons in the London area. Formerly known as London Detainee Support Group, the organisation has coordinated volunteer visitors giving emotional support to people in detention since 1993. It currently assists migrants with a wide range of non-immigration casework, including advice and representation in accessing statutory ‘bail addresses’ outside detention.
Detention Action has been campaigning since 2009 for an end to the British practice of indefinite detention. It has published two influential reports and commissioned independent research into the financial waste of the practice. A further report in 2011 on the Detained Fast Track asylum process launched a second major ongoing campaign.
MENEDEK – Hungarian Association for Migrants
Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants was established in January 1995 as a civil initiative. The Association operates as a non-profit organisation, independent from governmental institutions.
Menedék’s aim is to represent international migrants (asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, and other foreigners in Hungary) to the general public, to raise awareness of discrimination and improve sensitivity and tolerance towards other cultures. It promotes the social and cultural integration of those refugees and migrants who plan to stay in Hungary by means of targeted programs and projects. Furthermore, the Association represents the interests and rights of migrants towards political, administrative, governmental and municipal bodies, as well as in the media. It increases and provides expertise for the elaboration of Hungary’s anti-discrimination and migration policy, and elaborates sustainable partnerships with other civil societies pursuing similar goals.
Based on current legislation and policies, foreigners who undergo detention procedures might spend months at police-run detention facilities. It was instrumental to develop information and counselling programs primarily focusing on social services that help to ease the psychological, mental and physical effects of being detained, and that enable detainees’ future reintegration into society.
The programs’ goals are to increase the chances of return and reintegration of detainees in Hungarian detention centres by providing proper access to information and professional help when creating individual reintegration strategies, delivering return-related advice and guidance, and alleviating detainees’ decreasing mental health conditions.
Furthermore, the programs’ social workers provide detainees with individual consultation sessions, coach them on the potential opportunities in their countries of return, co-design individual reintegration strategies with returnees and help them to establish contact with international and local rights and social organizations.
Community social workers deliver community programs matching the detainees’ interests, thereby presenting them with productive ways to spend their time in detention, to better structure their time and to ease the pain of being detained.
Menedék also implements a program that focuses on increasing the competence of experts dealing with potential returnees. The purpose is to educate regulars, armed security, health care personnel, psychologists and social workers in small group trainings in order to improve the efficiency and standards of the organisational system.
FRANCE TERRE D’ASILE
France terre d’asile, is an independent and non-religious association.
Straight from its creation in 1971, France terre d’asile’s main objectives have been not only to maintain and develop one of the oldest French traditions, i.e. asylum, but also to guarantee application of all related international conventions.
In 2007, France terre d’asile broadened its field of action by modifying its statutes. It now offers help to all persons in a legal migrant situation.
By promoting the right to asylum and providing a perspective on common interests and on migratory issues, both in France and in the rest of Europe:
France terre d’asile conducts legal, political and administrative work. On a regular basis, the association invites the highest French and European organisations to discuss the evolution of the right to asylum and the situation of asylum seekers. It campaigns for a just and civic Europe that protects and demonstrates solidarity towards migrants.
By receiving asylum seekers:
France terre d’asile manages more than 30 reception centres for asylum seekers (CADA). This is where the asylum seekers are accommodated and where the social and administrative assistance takes place.
By supporting foreigners in immigration detention centres:
France terre d’asile offers people in detention legal information and helps them to exercise their rights. Since 2010, our association is present in four immigration detention centres. Our aim is to explain the procedure to detained migrants, inform them about their rights in the detention centre and help them to lodge recourses and/or asylum applications if needed.
By receiving and protecting unaccompanied children:
France terre d’asile manages several services for unaccompanied minors. Establishments offer unaccompanied children legal, administrative and financial aid and educative assistance.
By helping refugees and regular migrants to integrate:
In order to live among us, France terre d’asile help migrants to learn the French language, have a job and accommodation and acquire knowledge of our country and culture.
Besides the management and consolidation of the actions in terms of social and professional integration, housing and empowerment of all the relevant persons, France terre d’asile develops numerous innovative projects.
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ECRE – EU
The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European alliance of 81 NGOs protecting and advancing the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons. Our mission is to promote the establishment of fair and humane European asylum policies and practices in accordance with international human rights law.
Working together with our members and partners to inform and persuade European authorities and the public, we monitor and denounce human rights violations while proposing and promoting fair and effective durable solutions. We accomplish our mission through research, advocacy and the sharing of knowledge and expertise.
ECRE strives for a Europe that protects refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons with dignity and respect.
“Europe” refers to the broader geographic territory as well as “Europe” as an actor providing protection and assistance on its territory and outside.
The term “protects” is defined in the broadest sense, to encompass access to asylum, legal and physical protection and integration.
“Refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons” include all people seeking protection against their loss of rights due to displacement.