Our Projects


The projects of the QCEA Human Rights Programme cover a range of different themes, but the overall goal is the same: more respect for the rights, dignity and safety of refugees coming to Europe. The projects, listed below, will be implemented between now and 2019 by QCEA, with the support of Quakers across Europe.

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Child immigration detention

Across Europe, hundreds of children are held in detention simply because of their migration status. QCEA's research has demonstrated that many governments and European agencies are unaware of the scale of the problem. Our recent report into this worrying trend will form the basis of advocacy on this issue, with the aim of raising awareness of alternatives among policymakers.

Safe and legal ways for migrants and refugees to find safety

It remains incredibly difficult for migrants and refugees to reach a sanctuary without infringing laws or putting themselves and their families at risk. This project aims to encourage the creation of a community sponsorship programme in a pilot country, coupled with the issuing of limited territorial visas, to promote an alternative route to safety and support.

Helping the Helpers

Voluneeers in refugee camps face many challenges, not the least is the possibility of secondary or vicarious trauma. Untreated, this can lead to depression, isolation, addiction, suicide. This project is designed to help them not only deal with their own trauma, but also to avoid re-traumatization and possibly learn to help others deal with theirs. Click here for details.

Anti-migrant discourse

Some of the most virulent and violent hate speech against migrants and refugees can be found in the online comments section of some of Europe's largest newspaper websites. The European Court of Human Rights has already ruled that hosting hateful comments constitutes a violation of European law on the part of proprietors - yet the problem remains massive. Our research project will shed a light on this issue in a structured way, with a view to approaching website owners with examples of best practice.

Other forthcoming projects include:

  • - "quiet diplomacy" work to build support for policies which stop returning refugees to unsafe countries
  • - research into private security violence against migrants and refugees
  • - activities to build political support for the European Convention on Human Rights (see our pamphlet here)