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CM(2009)202 17 December 20091
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1076 Meeting, 3 February 2010

6 Social cohesion

6.1 European Committee on Migration (CDMG) –
Draft terms of reference of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on reducing the risk of vulnerability of elderly migrants and improving their welfare (MG-S-MA)

Item to be prepared by the GR-SOC at its meeting on 19 January 2010
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Draft terms of reference of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on reducing the risk of vulnerability of elderly migrants and improving their welfare (MG-S-MA)

Fact sheet

Name of Committee:

Ad hoc Advisory Group on reducing the risk of vulnerability of elderly migrants and improving their welfare (MG-S-MA)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES

Programme of Activities: project(s)

2009/DG3/1970 – Protecting human rights and dignity of vulnerable migrants

Project relevance:

Third Summit Action Plan, in particular, Chapters III.1 “Ensuring social cohesion” and III.8 “Managing migration”;

Final Declaration and Action Plan of the 8th Conference of European Ministers responsible for migration affairs (Kyiv, 4-5 September 2008);

The Deputies’ decision taken at their 1039th meeting (22 October 2008) instructing the European Committee on Migration (CDMG) to take the above-mentioned Action Plan into account when preparing proposals for the Programme of Activities for the coming years and to keep the implementation of the Declaration as a whole under review;

Revised European Social Charter (ETS 163), in particular its Article 19 – The right of migrant workers and their families to protection and assistance, Article 23 – The right of elderly persons to social protection and Article 30 – The right to protection against poverty and social exclusion;

Recommendation Rec(94)9 of 10 October 1994 of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning elderly people and its Guiding principles to be taken into account when taking measures concerning elderly people;

 

Report of the High-Level Task Force on Social Cohesion (recommendation no. 1 – Reinvesting in Social Rights and in a Cohesive Society – to combat discrimination in practice and reinforce rights-based policies aimed at integrating migrant workers and all those in a vulnerable situation; recommendation no. 4 – Building a Secure Future for All to engender a sense of security and confidence in the future on the part of all, in particular to promote the adoption of codes of good practice in regard to migration and the integration of migrants in society).

Project added value:

Added value

The Group will build upon the established and recognised experience and expertise of the Council of Europe in policy development in the field of protection of human rights and dignity of vulnerable migrants.

Moreover, it will aim to advance policy and practice in the member states of the Council of Europe in order to respond positively to the growing number of elderly migrants in their countries.

It will formulate proposals aiming to guarantee their independence, improve their quality of life, to have better access to health care and the social welfare in institutions or at home and respect their rights and human dignity.

External partnerships

Through active participation in the work of the Group, particularly of the European Union, ILO, OECD, CCME, ICMC, ETUC and Business Europe.

Internal co-operation

Through participation with such bodies as the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress, the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH), the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT), the Steering Committee for Education (CDED) and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and their input in the work of the Group.

Financial information:

4 meetings in 2010;

Budget: €8 100 per meeting to cover travel and subsistence of nine members of the Group.

Total budget for 2010: €32 400 (4 x 8 100).

Draft terms of reference of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on reducing the risk of vulnerability of elderly migrants and improving their welfare (MG-S-MA)

1.

Name of Group:

Ad hoc Advisory Group on reducing the risk of vulnerability of elderly migrants and improving their welfare (MG-S-MA)

2.

Type of Group:

Ad hoc Advisory Group

3.

Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers, on the proposal of the European Committee on Migration (CDMG)

4.

Terms of reference:

Having regard to:

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Resolution Res(2005)47 on committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods;

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the Warsaw Declaration and Action Plan adopted at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, May 2005) and, in particular, Chapters III.1 “Ensuring social cohesion” and III.8 “Managing migration”;

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the Final Declaration and Action Plan of the 8th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for migration affairs (Kyiv, 4-5 September 2008);

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the Deputies’ decision taken at their 1039th meeting (22 October 2008) instructing the European Committee on Migration (CDMG) to take the above-mentioned Action Plan into account when preparing proposals for the Programme of Activities for the coming years and to keep the implementation of the Declaration as a whole under review;

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the report of the High-Level Task Force on Social Cohesion in the 21st century (2007);

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the revised European Social Charter (ETS 163), in particular its Article 19 – The right of migrant workers and their families to protection and assistance, Article 23 – The right of elderly persons to social protection and Article 30 – The right to protection against poverty and social exclusion;

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Recommendation Rec(94)9 of 10 October 1994 of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning elderly people and its Guiding principles to be taken into account when taking measures concerning elderly people.

 

Under the authority of the European Committee on Migration (CDMG) and in the framework of the implementation of the Project 2009/DG3/1970 - “Protecting human rights and dignity of vulnerable migrants” of the Programme of Activities, the Group shall:

i.

prepare, for the attention of CDMG, proposals for a draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on reducing the risk of vulnerability of elderly migrants and improving their welfare.

The draft recommendation should in particular address the following issues:

- abuse of vulnerable elderly migrants,
- elderly migrants living in isolation,
- elderly migrant women,
- support for relatives of elderly migrants in their dealings with the health and social protection systems,
- effective access (including awareness-raising) of elderly migrants to social rights, in particular health, social services, education and housing,
- training service providers on cultural, linguistic and religious diversity,

 

- role of and support to migrant associations caring for elderly migrants,
- mobility between host and origin countries,
- transfer of benefits,
- co-ordination between public authorities,
- co-operation between host and origin countries.

5.

Composition of the Group:

5.A

Members

 

The Group shall be composed of nine specialists having expertise in one or more of the fields of gerontology, medical care, home help, social anthropology, intercultural mediation, intercultural competence building, international social work or integration.

The CDMG shall appoint one specialist who shall chair the Group. The Secretary General shall appoint the remaining specialists on the advice of CDMG or its Bureau.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of these nine experts.

5.B

Participants

i.

The following committees may each send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of the corresponding Council of Europe budget sub-heads :

- the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS);
- the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH);
- the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT) ;
- the Steering Committee for Education (CDED).

ii.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe may send a representative to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

iii.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send a representative to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

iv.

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of his administrative budget.

v.

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of the sending body.

vi.

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

vii.

The European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (North-South Centre, Lisbon) may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

5.C

Other participants

i.

The European Union may send a representative to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

ii.

The following intergovernmental organisations may send a representative to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
- International Labour Office (ILO).

5.D

Observers

 

The following non-governmental organisations may send a representative to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME);
- International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC);
- Business Europe;
- European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC);
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies;
- International Social Service (ISS).

6.

Working methods and structures:

 

Within the limits of its budgetary appropriations, the Group will undertake its tasks through meetings and contacts between its members between meetings.

Members of the Group should be prepared to organise national consultations with relevant practitioners to share information on national policy and practice relevant to the work of the Group and discuss its proposals. These consultations will not be covered by the Council of Europe budget.

7.

Duration:

 

These terms of reference will expire on 31 January 2011.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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