Wednesday, 4 May 2011

EASO in House of Lords Q&A

EASO made an interesting and brief appearance on 27th April in a Q&A session in the UK House of Lords.

Lord Hylton posed the following question:

...what European Union resources are available for the reception and resettlement in Italy of Tunisians and other African migrants reaching Lampedusa and elsewhere in Italy.”

The question is answered by Lord Howell of Guildford, Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) as follows:

“For 2011 Italy has been provisionally allocated €7.7million from the European Refugee Fund. Priorities under this fund include reception, integration, resettlement, co-operation between member states and research.

The European Asylum Support Office has the potential to support Italy through the deployment of Asylum Support Teams made up of member state experts, as it is already beginning to do in Greece.”

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