Border and Migration

The following stakeholder organisations and interests groups appear in thematic policy discussion on border and migration policy at the European level. The listing does not represent a political stance or support of this website. All descriptions are derived from the self-presentation of the respective group or organisation. For reasons of space, exclusively national interest groups are not included. Comments and additions are welcome!

Biometrics Institute:

The mission of the Biometrics Institute is to promote the responsible use of biometrics as an independent and impartial international forum for biometric users and other interested parties. It was founded in July 2001 responding to an industry need for an impartial forum for sharing knowledge and information about biometrics

Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME):

CCME is an ecumenical organisation that serves the churches in their commitment to promote the vision of an inclusive community through advocating for an adequate policy for migrants, refugees and minority groups at European and national level.

European Council on Refugees and Exiles:

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European alliance of 85 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.

European Legal Network on Asylum:

The European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA) is a forum of legal practitioners who aim to promote the highest human rights standards for the treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons in need of international protection in their daily individual counselling and advocacy work. The ELENA network extends across most European states and involves some 500 lawyers and legal counsellors.

International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM):

IASFM brings together academics, practitioners and decision-makers working on forced migration issues.

International Catholic Migration Commission:

ICMC serves and protects uprooted people – refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants – regardless of faith, ethnicity, race or nationality. We respond to the challenges of people on the move and their communities, implementing and advocating for rights-based policies and durable solutions through our worldwide network of Catholic Bishops Conferences, government and non-governmental partners.

International Organization for Migration, Regional Office for the European Economic Area, the EU and the NATO:

 The IOM Regional Office for the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU and NATO (RO Brussels) acts as IOM's regional liaison and coordination office to the European Union (EU) and NATO, and provides policy, programme and resource management support to the IOM offices in the EEA plus Switzerland. RO Brussels also supports IOM offices worldwide on EU-related policy, programmes, legislation and cooperation.  

Jesuit Refugee Service Europe:

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and others who are forcibly displaced. JRS Europe advocates for the respectful and fair treatment of all migrants affected by European policy, and defends their access to procedures that guarantee the basic rights enshrined in international law. A regional office based in Brussels advocates at European Union level and ensures that policymakers hear refugees' voices.

Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM):

PICUM - the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that aims to promote respect for the human rights of undocumented migrants within Europe. PICUM provides a direct link between the grassroots level, where undocumented migrants' experience is most visible, and the European level, where policies relating to them are deliberated.

Red Cross EU Office:

29 National Societies in the European Union and Norway form part of the world's largest humanitarian network, and employ over 250,000 staff. They also engage well over one million volunteers, and have more than eight million members. The Red Cross EU Office represents their interests, as well as those of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), before the European Union (EU) and its institutions.

Religious in Europe Networking against Trafficking and Exploitation (Renate):

RENATE was established by a group of religious representing several different congregations working against human trafficking in Europe.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.