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PICUM

Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants

Rue du Congrès/Congresstraat 37-41, post box 5
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium

Phone No.: +32 (0)2 274 14 39, +32 (0)2 274 14 58
Fax No.: +32 (0)2 274 14 48
E-mail adress:info@picum.org
 nicola.flamigni@picum.org
Internet:http://www.picum.org
Contact person: Nicola Flamigni

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PICUM, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, is a non-governmental organisation (NGO), founded in 2001, that aims to promote respect for the human rights of undocumented migrants within Europe. PICUM also seeks dialogue with organisations and networks with similar concerns in other parts of the world.

PICUM promotes respect for the basic social rights of undocumented migrants, such as the right to health care, the right to shelter, the right to education and training, the right to minimum subsistence, the right to family life, the right to moral and physical integrity, the right to legal aid, and the right to fair labour conditions.

PICUM's activities are focused in five main areas:

• Monitoring and reporting: improving the understanding of issues related to the protection of the human rights of undocumented migrants through improved knowledge of problems, policies, and practice.
• Capacity building: developing the capacities of NGOs and all other actors involved in effectively preventing and addressing discrimination against undocumented migrants.
• Advocacy: influencing policy makers to include undocumented migrants in social and integration policies on the national and European levels.
• Awareness raising: promoting and disseminating the values and practices underlying the protection of the human rights of undocumented migrants among relevant partners and the wider public.
• Global actors on international migration: developing and contributing to the international dialogue on international migration within the different UN agencies, international organisations, and civil society organisation.

PICUM provides a direct link between the grassroots level, where undocumented migrants' experience is most visible, and the European level, where policies relating to them are deliberated. PICUM reports on issues regarding undocumented migrants through its members’ experiences and simultaneously monitors developments within the European institutions. This approach mainstreams undocumented migrants' concerns into key policy debates, ensures PICUM’s network is well informed of the EU agenda and develops their capacity to engage in the realisation of just and fair strategies for undocumented migrants.

PICUM’s monthly newsletter on issues concerning the human rights of undocumented migrants is produced in seven languages and circulates to PICUM’s network of more than 4,000 civil society organizations, individuals, and beyond.

Nicola Flamigni is the Communications Coordinator of PICUM.

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