Migration and Asylum


EuroMed Rights aims to closely monitor policy developments impacting on the rights of migrants and refugees in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on the EU’s role in promoting these rights or, conversely, in jeopardising them. The Network strives to ensure that the European Union and its Member State’s relations with partner countries in the South/East Mediterranean region are favourable to the rights of migrants and refugees including with respect to access to mobility for all, both in law and in practice.

The announcement by the European Union of a “new approach to a new neighbourhood”, in the wake of the 2011 uprisings, has mostly translated in Euro-centred and security-geared cooperation terms. These trends have dramatically accelerated in 2015 through the adoption of the EU’s Agenda on Migration, a pure “bargain on human lives” (EU/Turkey cooperation) and a “war on migrants and refugees”.


Despite some promising legislative reforms in the region, e.g. the regularisation policy in Morocco, anti-racism law in Tunisia, the situation remains fragile in the absence of systematic and effective human rights mechanisms. The shrinking space for civil society, militarisation of borders (e.g. Algeria/Morroco) and mass population displacement from Syria or Libya have gradually pushed the question of universal rights back at the bottom of the political agenda, especially for foreign nationals.



Executive Committee political referents on Migration & Asylum: Anitta Kynsilehto and Catherine Teule

Programme Officer: Marie Martin, mma@euromedrights.net


Since 2015, Euromed Rights has coordinated the Frontexit campaign with the Migreurop network.

The Frontexit campaign was launched in 2013 by over 18 NGOs based in Europe and Africa and aims to monitor and denounce the human rights impact of the EU’s border management agency Frontex. The campaign calls for the annulment of the agency’s regulation.


  • November 2017: Migration & Asylum Working Group meeting in Beirut (Lebanon). Roundtable in the presence of the EU, UN and Lebanese officials as well as CSO representatives: “The Syrian refugee crisis: milestones for structural change?”
  • October 2017 : Workshop provided to diplomats from across the Mediterranean on the role of civil society in establishing and implementing public policies respectful of the rights of migrants and refugees
  • July 2017: Participation in the EU- Civil Society Forum South Neighbourhood, Brussels (Belgium)
  • June 2017: Public Event – Panel speaker on “Hospitality towards refugees in Tunisia” at the occasion of the International Refugee Day in the context of the cultural events organised during the Tunisian Cultural Spring, Paris (France)
  • June 2017 : Regional civil society seminar on EU’s external cooperation processes on migration & Asylum, Brussels (Belgium)
  • May 2017: Participation in the 2017 SABIR Festival co-organised by EuroMed Rights member ARCI in Syracuse (Italy)
  • February 2017: Migration & Asylum Working Group meeting in Brussels (Belgium)
  • February 2017: Advocacy mission to Belgian and Dutch authorities regarding the listing of Maghreb countries as “safe” countries of origin and its detrimental consequences on asylum-seekers
  • December 2016: Maghreb Social Forum on Migration, EuroMed Rights Migration and Asylum Programme Officer part of the panelists members, Tanger (Morocco)
  • November 2016: Training on EU external cooperation frameworks in the field of migration & Asylum, Training to Tunisian civil society, Hammammet (Tunisia)
  • June 2016 – Public Event “Turkey is not a safe country! Foreigners, nationals: alert on human rights violations”, Paris (France)
  • March 2016 – Public Event “The reception of migrants and refugees in Greece. The migration issue: a European challenge”, Athens (Greece)
  • November 2015 – Advocacy roundtable “Access to the territory for refugees from Syria”, French National Assembly, Paris (France)
  • October 2015 – Regional Roundtable “Mobility Partnerships and Cooperation on Migration in the Mediterranean Basin”, Gammarth (Tunisia)

Working Group

The Migration & Asylum Working Group brings together over 20 experts from 17 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It is the resource hub for implementing as well as providing strategic, technical and professional input to the programme. The MAWG meets twice a year. Working languages are English and French.

EuroMed Rights commits to gender equality through its Gender Mainstreaming Strategy (see Policy Paper on Gender Equality).