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The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has been particularly active in addressing the refugee and migrant crisis that has impacted Europe and the broader OSCE area over the past few years. Issuing a special report on the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the early impacts of the refugee crisis as far back as February 2013, the OSCE PA has increasingly devoted attention to the issue as the crisis has deepened. A subsequent report, "Migration Crisis in the OSCE Area: Towards Greater OSCE Engagement," was issued at the 2016 OSCE PA Winter Meeting, providing a thematic overview of PA activities on the migration crisis and offering lines of action for further OSCE work on the issue.

Following a decision taken by the OSCE PA’s Standing Committee at the 2016 Winter Meeting, the OSCE PA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Migration was launched, with Swiss parliamentarian Filippo Lombardi serving as its Chair, and held its first meeting at the OSCE PA’s 25th Annual Session in Tbilisi. Serving as a focal point for the OSCE PA’s work in the field of migration in all three dimensions of the OSCE – political and security matters, economic issues, and human rights and humanitarian questions – the Ad Hoc Committee develops policy recommendations aimed at enhancing OSCE work in the field of migration and at improving the treatment of, and prospects for, migrants in OSCE countries.

Interview with Filippo Lombardi (MP, Switzerland),
Chair of the OSCE PA's Ad Hoc Committee on Migration

Below are links to press releases from the past couple years regarding the attention the OSCE PA has paid to this issue. Check back regularly for updates on the PA’s work.