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
90 member organisations
Key people
Catherine Woollard (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 2014.

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]

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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