European Council on Refugees and Exiles

ECRE is a European network of 98 NGOs in 40 European countries established in 1974 to protect and advance the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons. Its membership ranges from leading international NGOs with global scope to small local organizations of dedicated activists.

The work of the ECRE secretariat in Brussels is focused on four core activities: Legal support and strategic litigation, Research and documentation, Advocacy and Communication. ECRE works to influence EU policy and practice on refugee issues and is an established source for journalists regularly quoted in major media outlets and with a large following on social media.

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Through its databases, analytical reports, policy notes, events and weekly newsletters, ECRE is a leading source of information at Brussels and national level for experts, practitioners, politicians and organizations in the field of refugees including the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, with which ECRE has a strategic partnership. At the same time ECRE is working to engage the broader public through traditional and social media. The strategic aim is facilitating refugee voices in the public debate and countering the current situation, to ensure that people arriving in Europe fleeing war and persecution in their home countries can apply for asylum.

At a crucial time when the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants are at risk at EU and national level, core funding from Adessium has allowed ECRE to take advantage of its research capacity, project experience and legal expertise in increasing communication and advocacy efforts in the defense of fundamental rights.

About this partner

The ECRE mission is to promote fair and humane European asylum policies and practices in accordance with international human rights law. Working together with its members and partners to inform and persuade European authorities and the public, ECRE monitors and denounces human rights violations while proposing and promoting fair and effective long-term solutions.

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