European Council on Refugees and Exiles

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European Council on Refugees and Exiles
Founded 1974
Type Non-profit
Services policy initiatives, research, advocacy, capacity building
Fields Promote protection and integration of refugees
87 member organisations
Key people
Michael Diedring (Secretary General)

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European network of refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations that promotes a humane and generous European asylum policy. ECRE celebrated its 40th year of promoting the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Europe in 2004.

ECRE started in 1974, when a handful of directors of Western European refugee support agencies recognised the need for co-operation between states to ensure that refugees were protected in Europe. It started life as the European Consultation on Refugees and Exiles, an informal platform of five refugee assisting NGOs.[1]

As of March 2015 ECRE has a membership of 87 non-governmental organisations from 38 countries. ECRE is concerned with the needs of all individuals who seek refuge within Europe, and works to promote their protection and integration. At the EU level, ECRE responds to policies through an agreed programme of pro-active policy initiatives, research and advocacy aimed to encourage new thinking in the field of asylum in Europe.

The ECRE Secretariat, based in Brussels, Belgium, monitors the policies of the European Union in relation to asylum and refugee protection. It works through research, information, policy development, capacity building and advocacy with and on behalf of its wide membership.

Member Organisations[edit]

List of ECRE member organisations and associate members organisations in alphabetical order.[2]

  • ACCEM - Asociación Comisión Católica Espanola de Migración
  • Arbeiterwohlfahrt – awo bundesverband e.v
  • Asylkoordination
  • British Red Cross
  • British Refugee Council
  • Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
  • Bulgarian Red Cross
  • Caritas Luxembourg
  • Caritas Sweden
  • CEAR - Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado
  • CIR - Italian Council for Refugees
  • Comite Internacional de Rescate
  • Croatian Law Centre
  • Danish Refugee Council
  • Der Paritatische Wolfahrtsverband Gesamtverband
  • Deutscher Caritasverband
  • Diakonie/Protestant Refugee Service Austria
  • Diakonisches Werk der EKD
  • Dutch Council for Refugees
  • Education Action International
  • Estonian Human Rights Centre
  • Estonian Refugee Council
  • Ethiopian Community Centre in the UK
  • Finnish Red Cross
  • Finnish Refugee Advice Centre
  • Forum Refugies
  • France Terre d'Asile
  • German Red Cross
  • Greek Council for Refugees
  • Group 484 (Serbia)
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (Turkey)
  • Helsinki Foundation For Human Rights (Poland)
  • Hungarian Helsinki Committee
  • ILPA
  • Immigration Advisory Service
  • Integrating Ireland
  • International Catholic Migration Commission
  • International Eurasia Press Fund
  • International Rehabilitation Council for Victims of Torture
  • International Rescue Committee - Belgium
  • Irish Refugee Council
  • Jesuit Refugee Service - Europe
  • Lithuanian Red Cross
  • Memorial Human Rights Centre (Russia)
  • MENEDEK - Hungarian Association for Migrants
  • MYLA - Macedonian Young Lawyers’ Association
  • Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers
  • Norwegian Refugee Council
  • OPU
  • Pharos
  • Portuguese Refugee Council
  • Pro Asyl
  • Radda Barnen Sweden (Save the Children)
  • Red Cross Of Serbia
  • Refugee Action
  • Refugee Legal Centre
  • Romanian National Council for Refugees - CNRR
  • Scottish Refugee Council
  • Slovak Humanitarian Council
  • Swedish Red Cross
  • Swedish Refugee Aid
  • University Assistance Foundation - UAF
  • Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen
  • Welsh Refugee Council

Associate Members


  1. ^ "History of ECRE". ECRE. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  2. ^ "Membership Agency Contact List". ECRE. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 

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