Report Launch: Freedom on the Net 2014

Freedom on the Net is Freedom House’s annual assessment of internet access, censorship, and internet user rights in 65 countries around the world. This year’s event will highlight the advances and setbacks in internet freedom over the past year, emerging threats to digital media, and the challenges these trends pose to U.S. foreign policy.
Refreshments will be served beginning at 8:30am

A Right to Work, A Right to Survive: Building a Movement to Promote Refugee Work Rights

Please join us as Asylum Access shares its findings from the recently released report, “Global Refugee Work Rights: Taking the Movement from Theory to Practice,” in a reception co-hosted by the Better World Campaign and in collaboration with the American Bar Association – International Refugee Law Section.

When: Thursday, October 2nd, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Where: United Nations Foundation, 12th floor
[1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW #300, Washington, DC 20006]

The startling and disturbing fact is that two-thirds of the world’s refugee population lives in an intractable state of limbo, currently spending an average of 20 years in exile. Traditionally, host governments have responded to refugee influxes and long-term displacement through encampment policies and/or the restriction of human rights, taking the view that if human rights are acknowledged and if refugees are permitted to work legally, they will disrupt labor markets and social systems.

This assumption is not supported by the facts, and the result of restricting work rights in policy and practice has meant that the skills, capacities and potential economic contributions of refugees have been greatly overlooked.

Asylum Access and the Refugee Work Rights Coalition recently released the report, “Global Refugee Work Rights Report: Taking the Movement from Theory to Practice” which debunks popular misconceptions surrounding work rights, offering compelling legal and economic arguments to extend refugees the right to access formal labor markets.

Please join Asylum Access on Thursday, Oct. 2 as they share their findings of this report and offer practical suggestions to advocates for advancing the refugee work rights globally. The event will include a report briefing, followed by a reception with drinks, light food and vibrant conversation.

Asylum Information Database: Launch of the second Annual Report

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), Forum Réfugiés-Cosi, Irish Refugee Council and Hungarian Helsinki Committee are happy to invite you to the launch of the second edition of their Asylum Information Database Annual Report.

The second AIDA Annual Report presents an overview of key developments in the legal framework and practice on asylum procedures, reception conditions and detention of asylum seekers in 15 EU Member States (AT, BE, BG, CY, DE, FR, GR, HU, IE, IT, MT, NL, PL, SE, UK) while assessing the challenges for asylum seekers in those EU Member States in accessing their rights under the EU asylum acquis.

In addition, the report presents an analysis of key EU developments in the field of asylum since September 2013, date of publication of the first AIDA Annual Report, with a special focus on legislative and policy developments that impact on access to the territory and external border controls. These include the Regulation on Maritime border surveillance in the context of Frontex operations, the EUROSUR Regulation as well as the Task Force Mediterranean and national operations such as Mare Nostrum. Furthermore, the report provides an analysis of the EU’s response to the refugee arrivals resulting from the Syrian crisis in the past year and reflects on the meaning of the recently adopted strategic guidelines in the area of freedom, security and justice for the further development of the EU’s asylum and immigration policy.

The report is produced in the framework of the Asylum Information Database (AIDA) project, which aims at collecting up-to date information on asylum policies and practices in EU Member States and promoting high standards of protection at the national level during the transposition of the second phase of harmonisation.

The AIDA website is accessible here: As of September the Database will cover two additional countries: Croatia and Cyprus.


  • Welcome and introduction by Michael Diedring, Secretary General, ECRE
  • Presentation of the Second AIDA Annual Report findings, by Kris Pollet and Hélène Soupios-David, ECRE
  • The reality of seeking asylum in the EU – the NGO Perspective: Spotlight on Italy, Cyprus and Bulgaria
    • Italy by Christopher Hein – Italian Council for Refugees
    • Cyprus by Corina Drousiotou – Future Worlds Centre
    • Bulgaria by Iliana Savova – Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
  • Q&A with participants

Places are limited, please REGISTER HERE.


The event will also be LIVE streamed at this link.