Council of Europe Action Plan on Protecting Vulnerable Persons in the Context of Migration and Asylum in Europe (2021-2025)
Council of Europe
Human rights challenges in the field of refugees1 and migration have long been a focus of the Council of Europe and in recent years have taken on a new impor-tance. As the root causes of migration (armed conflicts,instability, demographic and economic development, climate change, etc.) have become increasingly present in Europe’s neighbouring regions, addressing these challenges remains a priority for the Council of Europe as the continent’s leading human rights organisation. This action plan comes at the time of an unprecedented public health crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic, and of increasing migration distress. In such circumstances, vulnerable groups, such as vulnerable persons in the context of migration and asylum, are often the hardest hit. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities such as access to healthcare and welfare services and to education and employment.
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The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It comprises 47 member states, including all members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states.