The Latvian Contact Point of the European Migration Network in co-operation with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights held an international conference on Migrants in an Irregular Situation
The Latvian Contact Point of the European Migration Network in co-operation with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights held an international conference on Migrants in an Irregular Situation, whose Return or Removal has been Postponed in Line with OSCE Commitments, International Legal Standards and Good Practices and it brought together 75 participants, mostly officials from the institutions responsible for the management of migration issues from 10 European Union countries as well as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Norway and Ukraine.
Experts from the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the International Organization for Migration, the UNHCR and the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, as well as representatives from civil society organizations also participated in the event.
Such topics as national legal framework, challenges and best practices in dealing with persons who can not be returned was discussed. At the same time addressing international legal norms, human rights and placing special focus on the rights of minors.
In his opening speech the Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior Dimitri Trofimov pointed out that in the context of migration crisis the importance of information exchange as well as practical cooperation has increased. Therefore, this conference is an excellent opportunity to discuss the legal and practical obstacles to the implementation of the return, while keeping in mind the importance of human rights and the need for legal safeguards for persons whose return is not possible.