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Resettlement programme is sign of solidarity

2009/09/22

An EU resettlement programme for refugees dominated discussions at yesterday’s Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels, which was chaired by Tobias Billström, Swedish Minister for migration. The idea behind the Commission’s proposal for a resettlement programme is for EU Member States to work strategically with offering protection to refugees who have ended up living under very difficult circumstances in countries bordering to Europe. At the same time, it will be possible to alleviate the pressure on the countries hosting large refugee populations. Next to the debate on resettlement, the Council discussed the issue of unaccompanied children coming to Europe, as well as the migration situation in the Mediterranean.

The issue of a common asylum and migration policy will be addressed in the new Stockholm programme (the new work programme on Justice and Home Affiairs) to be adopted at the European Council in December. The Swedish presidency is promoting a common, transparent asylum system where legal certainty is assured and EU regulations are applied in the same way across the Union. Measures facilitating labour migration will also be given high priority.

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