The European Council on Refugees and Exiles
) is a pan-European network of refugee
-assisting non-governmental organisations
that promotes a humane and generous European asylum
policy. ECRE celebrated its 30th year of promoting the rights of asylum seekers
in Europe in 2004.
ECRE started in 1974, when a handful of directors of Western European refugee support agencies recognised the need for co-operation between states to ensure that refugees were protected in Europe. It started life as the European Consultation on Refugees and Exiles, an informal platform of five refugee assisting NGOs.
As of September 2008 ECRE has a membership of 69 non-governmental organisations from 30 countries. ECRE is concerned with the needs of all individuals who seek refuge within Europe, and works to promote their protection and integration. At the EU level, ECRE responds to policies through an agreed programme of pro-active policy initiatives, research and advocacy aimed to encourage new thinking in the field of asylum in Europe.
The ECRE Secretariat, based in Brussels
, monitors the policies of the European Union
in relation to asylum and refugee protection. It works through research, information, policy development, capacity building and advocacy
with and on behalf of its wide membership.
List of ECRE member organisations and associate members organisations in alphabetical order.
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