Advocacy Network on Destitution

A picture of the effects of destitution on forced migrants across Europe

Destitution affects many groups of migrants living in Europe, such as recognised refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, and persons with a ‘tolerated status’. In 2011, we built an advocacy network for destitute forced migrants to highlight issues they face and to find comprehensive solutions to uphold their fundamental human rights.

Throughout Europe, thousands of migrants are still deprived of basic needs and denied fundamental human rights. They have little or no access to education, social welfare, housing, healthcare and employment. They are left destitute as a consequence of state laws and policies. Their exclusion from society leads to new, invisible, borders that continue to divide local communities, regions and countries.