EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON REFUGEES AND EXILES (ECRE)
http://www.ecre.org
Mission/Mandate:
“ECRE is an umbrella organisation of 65 refugee-assisting agencies in 29 countries working towards fair and humane policies for the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. ECRE's member agencies are based throughout Europe and beyond.“ (ECRE Website, http://www.ecre.org/about_us/membership, accessed on 2 July 2008)
ECRE is a “pan-European network of refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations that promotes a humane and generous European asylum policy.” ECRE promotes “the protection and integration of asylum-seekers, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) based on values of human dignity, human rights and an ethic of solidarity”. International refugee and human rights law is a key reference point for ECRE’s analysis. ECRE strives “to include the voice of wider civil society, the political community and refugee communities” in their work (ECRE Website, http://www.ecre.org/about_us, accessed on 2 July 2008).
ECRE's membership, advocacy, policy, legal, communication and fundraising work are operating from Brussels.
Target group:
Governments, policymakers, UNHCR, EU institutions, refugee-assisting NGOs, civil society.
Objective:
ECRE intends to “respond to EU initiatives and governmental initiatives at EU level. Through our pro-active policy work and research, we encourage new thinking on refugees and asylum in Europe.” ECRE aims to “strengthen contact between refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations in Europe through networking and by organising different events. We work to develop the institutional capacity of NGOs across Europe” (ECRE Website, http://www.ecre.org/about_us, accessed on 2 July 2008).
Funding:
ECRE incoming resources are composed mainly of grants, member’s subscriptions and conference fees. ECRE names the following organisations as funders in its Annual Report 2006: The European Commission; the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation (NEF); the Barrow Cadbury Trust; the Oak Foundation; the King Baudoin Fund; the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust; the Dutch Council for Refugees; the Scottish Refugee Council; Oxfam GB; Lloyds TSB; UNHCR (ECRE: Annual Report 2006, September 2007, p. 29, http://www.ecre.org/files/Annual%20Report%202006.pdf, accessed on 2 July 2008).
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: ECRE publications are focused on the situation and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in European countries, therefore a lot of information on asylum conditions in Europe can be found and only background information on the situation in countries of origin of refugees (eg in ECRE guidelines on the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees from a particular country).
Thematic focus: Treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in Europe; treatment of internally displaced persons (IDPs); policy and legal developments in asylum law and statistics on asylum applications in European countries; refugee protection and protection needs; conditions of reception for refugees and asylum seekers; legal and social conditions for asylum seekers and refugees in Europe; refugees’ access to protection in Europe.
Reporting methodology:
Many ECRE publications are basically results of the surveys conducted amongst the ECRE network (ECRE member agencies as well as other cooperating agencies based in EU and non-EU Member States). ECRE staff prepares a publication with information on the situation in particular countries, such as the treatment of asylum seekers, access to protection, policy and legal developments, statistics, etc.
Staff of ECRE member agencies form part of working groups of a particular project/survey or give their support by sharing their knowledge and experience. In addition, other individuals (from European Commission, UNHCR, universities and other institutions) are consulted in order to provide their expertise through discussions and comments on the drafts.
ECRE papers contain survey results as well as recommendations to policymakers and other relevant institutions.
ECRE country reports ”facilitate comparisons between countries” and “are preceded by a synthesis that is intended to provide a summary of the major points raised by the member agencies, and to indicate some of the common themes that emerge from them. It also includes statistical tables illustrating trends across Europe“ (ECRE: Country Report 2005, September 2006, p. 1, http://www.ecre.org/files/ECRE%20Country%20Report%202005rev.pdf, accessed on 2 July 2008).
Publication cycle:
Position Papers, Press Releases, Research Papers and other ECRE publications are published on an irregular basis.
Country Reports are produced periodically (in September of each year covering previous year; note: As of July 2008, the last country report published was the one of September 2006 (covering the year 2005)).
Language:
English.
Navigation of website:
Home: ECRE news and latest documents.
Resources: All ECRE publications (reports, position/policy papers, press releases, research papers, etc).
Homepage:
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