| ||organisation: European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) |
country: United Kingdom & Belgium
type of activity: promotion and protection of refugees’ rights
who: the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European umbrella organisation of 74 member agencies in 29 countries working towards fair and humane policies for the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. Its main activities include: policy development and research, advocacy, legal analysis, information services to members, networking and capacity-building in South-Eastern, Central and Eastern Europe.
why: ECRE believes that we must work towards a more equitable world where the need for people to migrate will be minimised. EU and national asylum and immigration policies must therefore go hand in hand with cooperation with countries of origin, development assistance and so on; equally, with policies in every policy area which contribute towards reducing global inequalities and environmental degradation.
ECRE aims at promoting the protection and integration of refugees in Europe based on the values of human dignity, human rights, and an ethic of solidarity. ECRE seeks to achieve this aim by:
how: much of ECRE's legal work is carried out through the European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA), a network of lawyers who promote the highest human rights standards in the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. ECRE's advocacy work is carried out through member agencies and its offices in London and Brussels, whose initiatives aim at influencing the positive development of existing policy and the future EU agenda.
- advocating a humane and generous European asylum policy and by promoting the development of a comprehensive and coherent response by the international community to refugee movements;
- strengthening networking between refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations in Europe;
- developing the institutional capacity of refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations in Europe.
join the team: volunteer and intern (unpaid) help is central to the work of ECRE's projects and makes up a vital component of ECRE's project support. ECRE usually works with 4 or 5 interns in the London office and 2 or 3 in the Brussels office at any given time. Interns are placed within the Information, Legal, Advocacy and Policy projects and are usually postgraduates.
Job vacancies are also published on the vacancies page of their website. Requests for information about both internships and vacancies should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.