European Council on Refugees and Exiles

European Council on Refugees and Exiles

Infobox NPO
organization_name = European Council on Refugees and Exiles
organization_motto = Working together to protect and respect refugees. [ cite web|url= |title=About Us |publisher=ECRE |accessdate=2008-06-27]
organization_type = Non-profit
founded = 1974
location = Secretariat in Brussels
key_people = Bjarte Vandvik (Secretary General)
fields = Promote protection and integration of refugees
services = policy initiatives, research, advocacy, capacity building
num_members = 68 member organisations
homepage =

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European network of refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations that promotes a humane and generous European asylum policy. ECRE celebrated its 30th year of promoting the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Europe in 2004.

ECRE started in 1974, when a handful of directors of Western European refugee support agencies recognised the need for co-operation between states to ensure that refugees were protected in Europe. It started life as the European Consultation on Refugees and Exiles, an informal platform of five refugee assisting NGOs. [ cite web|url= |title=Thirty years of ECRE |publisher=ECRE |accessdate=2008-07-12]

As of September 2008 ECRE has a membership of 68 non-governmental organisations from 30 countries. ECRE is concerned with the needs of all individuals who seek refuge within Europe, and works to promote their protection and integration. At the EU level, ECRE responds to policies through an agreed programme of pro-active policy initiatives, research and advocacy aimed to encourage new thinking in the field of asylum in Europe.

The ECRE Secretariat, based in Brussels, Belgium, monitors the policies of the European Union in relation to asylum. It works through research, information, policy development, capacity building and advocacy with and on behalf of its wide membership.

Member Organisations

List of ECRE member organisations and associate members organisations in alphabetical order. [ cite web|url= |title=Membership Agency Contact List |publisher=ECRE |accessdate=2008-06-27]

*ACCEM - Asociación Comisión Católica Espanola de Migración
*Arbeiterwohlfahrt – awo bundesverband e.v
*British Red Cross
*British Refugee Council
*Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
*Bulgarian Red Cross
*Caritas Luxembourg
*Caritas Sweden
*CEAR - Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado
*CIR - Italian Council for Refugees
*Comite Internacional de Rescate
*Croatian Law Centre
*Danish Refugee Council
*Der Paritatische Wolfahrtsverband Gesamtverband
*Deutscher Caritasverband
*Diakonie/Protestant Refugee Service Austria
*Diakonisches Werk der EKD
*Dutch Council for Refugees
*Education Action International
*Ethiopian Community Centre in the UK
*Finnish Red Cross
*Finnish Refugee Advice Centre
*Forum Refugies
*France Terre d'Asile
*German Red Cross
*Greek Council for Refugees
*Group 484 (Serbia)
*Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
*Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (Turkey)
*Helsinki Foundation For Human Rights (Poland)
*Hungarian Helsinki Committee
*Immigration Advisory Service
*Integrating Ireland
*International Catholic Migration Commission
*International Eurasia Press Fund
*International Rehabilitation Council for Victims of Torture
*International Rescue Committee - Belgium
*Irish Refugee Council
*Jesuit Refugee Service - Europe
*Lithuanian Red Cross
*Memorial Human Rights Centre (Russia)
*MENEDEK - Hungarian Association for Migrants
*Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers
*Norwegian Refugee Council
*Portuguese Refugee Council
*Pro Asyl
*Radda Barnen Sweden (Save the Children)
*Red Cross Of Serbia
*Refugee Action
*Refugee Legal Centre
*Romanian National Council for Refugees - CNRR
*Scottish Refugee Council
*Slovak Humanitarian Council
*Swedish Red Cross
*Swedish Refugee Aid
*University Assistance Foundation - UAF
*Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen
*Welsh Refugee Council

Associate Members
*Amnesty International - International Secretariat
*Conference of European Churches (CEC)/Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)
*Lutheran World Federation
*Refugee Studies Centre


External links

* [ ECRE Official Site]
* [ Refugee Stories Project]

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