On Friday 16 October ECRE’s General Assembly unanimously elected our Director, Neil, to its Board. Representing ECRE’s members from the Mediterranean Region, Neil joins colleagues who represent ECRE’s entire membership across Europe, to advocate for increased refugee protection throughout the region.
“This is a great honour for me! It is also an opportunity to bring to ECRE the voice of a small Member State that has experienced serious difficulties in meeting the challenges presented by boats of refugees landing at our shores.
From Malta, we have spent years advocating for safe and legal channels for refugees to access Europe, as we witnessed hundreds of deaths every single year. This should remain our focus, together with reminding Member States of the human rights obligations that should shape their laws, policies and discourse.”
The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European alliance of 90 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.