"Refugees should be at the heart of asylum policies"

╩╗Refugees should be at the heart of asylum policies as this is the only real way to ensure the full respect of their human dignity.’

This is the core message emerging from a non-governmental workshop held yesterday and organised by aditus and the Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta) on the occasion of World Refugee Day 2011, and of the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

The discussions were preceded by expert presentations from Madeline Garlick, Senior EU Affairs Officer at UNHCR’s office in Brussels, and Kris Pollett, Senior Policy Officer at the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE).

The event was organised with a view to discussing NGO concerns and recommendations for the treatment of asylum-seekers and refugees in Malta. Read full statement...

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