On 21-22 November, the FRA held its annual Fundamental Rights Conference ‘Dignity and rights of irregular migrants’ in Warsaw. The event was organised in cooperation with the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) and drew participation from around 300 policy makers and practitioners from across the EU. The summary conclusions underline the importance of applying a fundamental rights approach in migration management and offered a number of practical suggestions to facilitate access to justice, respect the right to education and health, preserve the best interests of the child, combat labour exploitation, reduce the use of immigration detention, and end situations of legal limbo for persons who are not removed. Read here the summary conclusions by the FRA.
Exploitation in the workplace, lack of access to basic services and barriers to accessing justice are some of the challenges facing irregular migrants highlighted by a new report of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Entitled 'Fundamental rights of migrants in an irregular situation in the European Union' the report was launched at the 2011 Fundamental Rights Conference.
On 16th November FRA Director Morten Kjaerum addressed participants of the 5th European Equality Summit on the subject of "Effective equality policies at the local level". The Summit, which was jointly organised by the Polish Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission, concentrated on promoting equality at the local and regional level.
This year's European Day of Persons with Disabilities conference, on 1-2 December in Brussels, specifically focused on the effects of the crisis on people with disabilities. It brought together organisations representing people with disabilities and relevant stakeholders to identify best practice solutions to offset the effects of the economic crisis on people with disabilities.
As the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) is open to the participation of EU candidate countries as observers, the Fundamental Rights Agency is inviting non-governmental organisations and other institutions of civil society, active in the field of fundamental rights at national, European and international level based in Croatia to become observers to the FRP.
Three years on and the economic and financial crisis shows no sign of abating. Vulnerable groups are most at risk. To mark the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November, the FRA wishes to reaffirm its commitment to securing the fundamental rights of children, many seriously affected by public service cuts in education, health and social services.