Due to war, poverty and environmental disasters, caused partly by European policies and global political and economic structures, refugees are seeking protection and a decent life in Europe. In accordance with its humanistic values and international agreements, Europe has the responsibility to welcome these refugees. At the same time, racism and xenophobia are rising within our society. Verbal aggression and physical violence against refugees are worryingly growing. European society is becoming increasingly polarised on the issue of immigration and refugees.
The research presented in this report aims at strengthening public and political support for ensuring Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) and formulating recommendations for policy coherence.
The report includes 4 case studies from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland to illustrate the (in)coherence between development cooperation and non-development policy areas:
The recent update of the Impact Assessment (IA) guidelines opened an opportunity for the integration of policy coherence for development (PCD) approach in the Polish legislative process. Following a focused advocacy action of Grupa Zagranica the new guidelines include a question relating to the potential “impact on social and economic development of priority countries of Polish development cooperation”.
Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided not to include spending on refugees in Poland in the Official Development Aid reported for 2013. For years this has been an advocacy objective of Grupa Zagranica, the Polish NGDO platform.
The ‘Europe We Want’ is a politically independent campaign that encourages a debate on achieving a fairer Europe at home and abroad at the upcoming European Parliament elections on 22-25 May 2014.
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