Thursday, 25 August 2011

Refugee integration in EASO's activities

We've often said that we see the integration of international protection beneficiaries as falling within the ambit of EASO's prescribed activities. We're glad to see that this also seems to be the Commission's understanding.

In its 20th July staff working paper "EU initiatives supporting the integration of third-country nationals", published together with the "European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals", the Commission quite clearly sees a role for EASO in this difficult area. In the section on asylum (page 9), the working paper refers to EASO's recent opening and states that:

"The Regulation...states in Article 3 that "The Support Office shall organise, promote and coordinate activities enabling the exchange of information and the identification and pooling of best practices in asylum matters between the Member States." This could in the future include best practices in the area of integration of beneficiaries of international protection."

We definitely support this reading of integration into EASO's establishing Regulation!

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