About the Project


Monitoring the implementation of social and human rights of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in the Border region of the European Union and Ukraine.


Various reports and activities on the conditions of refugees and migrants in Ukraine during 2005-8 revealed serious problems in this field. This pointed to the need for systematic monitoring of the situation in the region of the external borders of the European Union (notably Slovakia, Hungary and Romania) with Ukraine. In 2008, representatives from various associations and institutions in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, UK and Ukraine, after some discussion with UNHCR, Helsinki Committee Hungary and others decided to take initiative. A Border Monitoring Project (BMPU) was set up in Western Ukraine with the aim to monitor the implementation of social, human and refugee rights in the border region. Members of this common initative are: Bavarian Refugee Council (Munich), Pro Asyl (Frankfurt), no one is illegal (Hanau) and theĀ  Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (Oxford). Further partners of the BMP are Helsinki Committee (Budapest) and Human Rights League (Bratislava).


  • Monitoring the social and legal situation of refugees and other vulnerable migrants and in the region of Zakarpattya;
  • Monitoring the treatment of refugees and migrants by the Ukrainian authorities;
  • Monitoring the situation in Ukrainian detention centre and other holding places for refugees and other migrants in the region;
  • Monitoring the implementation of social, human and refugee rights in the region.
  • Monitoring access to protection, notably RSD procedures in Ukraine and neighbouring safe countries;
  • Collecting testimonies of cases of unlawful return (refoulement) from EU countries to Ukraine;
  • Preparing reports on the monitoring process and publishing findings;
  • Identifying legal, social and political needs of the client group in the area of health care, legal advice and public awareness and develop according separate projects.

Recently published by BMPU: Report on Corruption in the Immigration, Detention and Asylum System of Ukraine

Published 2011 by BMPU: Access to Protection Denied – Refoulement of Refugees and Minors on the Eastern Borders of the EU

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