Issue 128

Most migrants from the Eastern Partnership countries eventually go back home, labour mobility study concludes


migrationMost migrants from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries are temporary migrants in the sense that they continue to belong to a household in their home country even if they work abroad for a long time. This is one of the conclusions of a comprehensive study contracted by the European Commission under the EU-funded project Costs and Benefits of Labour Mobility between the EU and the Eastern Partnership Countries.  The findings of the study will be presented at the final seminar of the project on 26 June in Brussels.

A press release said the final seminar would conclude the “two-year-long, successfully completed Costs and Benefits of Labour Mobility between the EU and the Eastern Partnership Countries project”, which had produced 11 country studies (five selected EU states as well as six EaP countries), two policy-oriented papers ‘Labour Migration from the Eastern Partnership Countries: Evolution and Policy Options for Better Outcomes’ and ‘Labour Migration from EaP Countries to the EU: A Comprehensive Assessment of Costs and Benefits and Proposals for Better Labour Market Matching’, and the Final Study (Migration from the Eastern Partnership Countries to the European Union – Options for a Better Future).

The project materials will be disseminated to a wider audience “with a hope to achieve improved policy-making regarding labour mobility between the EU and the EaP countries,” the press release said.

The event will bring together representatives from the EU and the EaP countries, providing a platform to voice migration-related concerns and issues. (EU Neighbourhood Info)


CSF logoStatement of the Azerbaijani National Platform on the arrest and torture of activists


The Azerbaijani National Platform decries the arrest and torture of three activists who were arrested during their participation in a peaceful action on 30 April organised under the slogan “No terror” to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the incidents in the Azerbaijani State Oil Academy.

Abulfaz Qurbanli, the Chairman of PFP Youth Commission, Turgut Qambar, member of Board at NIDA Civil Movement and Ilin Rustamzade, member of the Youth Freedom Organisation were arrested, denied access to their lawyers, denied food sent to them from their relatives and had their heads shaved bold against their will while being in custody. Furthermore, pictures of them were taken and shared on government-oriented website in order to discredit them in the eyes of the general public.

The Azerbaijani National Platform protests this kind of violation of fundamental rights and asks for the responsible persons to be prosecuted for torture. The Platform appeals to the international Community to pay special attention to the violation of human rights on the eve of the presidential elections in Azerbaijan.

The full statement of the National Platform is available here.

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