aditus foundation accepted as an Affiliated Member of PICUM


During its General Assembly of 16th June, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) welcomed aditus foundation as a new Affiliated Member.  Our membership with such an important and relevant platform is yet another step taken in the direction of increasing our internal capacity whilst also ensuring that our human rights concerns are raised in regional and international fora.

According to its Mission, PICUM is an NGO aiming to promote respect for the human rights of undocumented migrants within Europe.  PICUM also seeks dialogue with organisations and networks with similar concerns in other parts of the world.

We’re extremely happy to join PICUM, and are looking forward to exploring ways of making the most of this membership.  Our membership with PICUM was made possible thanks to the Malta-EU Steering & Action Committee (MEUSAC).

aditus’ participation in a PICUM workshop on access to healthcare for migrants

On November 24th 2011, aditus was invited to attend a working group organised by PICUM (the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) in Brussels, Belgium, entitled PICUM working group on Access to Healthcare for Undocumented Migrants.  aditus volunteer Claude Mizzi represented the organisation.   Participants ranged from a number of NGOs from various countries, including Spain, Lithuania, Sweden and Italy, for a total of 14 countries represented. Together with aditus Malta was represented by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

The working group saw a number of presentations made by various participants, followed by observations and feedback from the group.  On behalf of aditus and supported by JRS, Claude pointed out the issue of undocumented migrants is not amongst the organisations’ major concerns for Malta, also since healthcare facilities are largely free and open to all persons, at least at the emergency and primary levels.  It was however clarified that the healthcare facilities were not sufficient to ensure the good health of migrants, due to a number of factors, primarily the state of migrant accommodation facilities (closed and open).  Whilst the working group was very pleased to hear that access to healthcare for migrants is, at least in theory, to be provided, it expressed great concern at the migrants’ living conditions.

Claude further highlighted the key role played by public perception as one of the key contributors to the discriminatory treatment faced by migrants on a daily basis.  Incidents of discrimination are reported across most levels of service-provision including employment, housing and limited or unclear access to social support services.

In terms of necessary activities to be implemented at the local level, aditus emphasised the need to advocate with all relevant stakeholders, including governmental agencies, and to raise issues with regional and international bodies, as for the example the European Union institutions and the United Nations.

aditus would like to thank PICUM for what was a successful and informative working group, and looks forward to further contributing to PICUM’s activities.