Wednesday, 8 May 2013

EASO, resettlement & solidarity

Between Solidarity and the Priority to Protect – Where Refugee Relocation meets Refugee Resettlement’ (by Frank Mc Namara, 18 February 2013) is the title of the mpcblog article based on results of the KNOW Reset project

The article draws our attention to two extremely relevant tools to achieve an “effective solidarity within the Common European Asylum System” and, very importantly, to the difference between the two. It is suggested that whereas resettlement better reflects solidarity with third countries, relocation tends to reflect solidarity with other EU Member States: 

“(…) [R]elocation of refugees within Europe must not come at the expense of resettlement. Resettlement, the humanitarian enterprise, underlines the priority to protect. Taking refugees from third States beyond the Union which are host to much larger numbers of refugees is taking the most vulnerable and giving them an opportunity that they otherwise will not receive. 

Protection must be the priority and as difficult as conditions are within certain Member States for refugees, if they are at least properly protected then it is still a fortunate situation in comparison to the precarious position of many refugees in camps across the world”. 

The European Asylum Support Office's (EASO) key role in the pursuit of an “effective solidarity within the Common European Asylum System”, by “ensuring that relocation is not carried out at the expense of granting resettlement to those refugees who are eligible for resettlement and who are still at risk and should be a protection priority”, is mentioned in this article. 

(C) UNHCR, J. Björgvinsson

Precisely with regard to this crucial role, the article further makes reference to EASO’s fact-finding report on intra-EU relocation activities from Malta and to the Office's September newsletter. 

(We mentioned these two documents in earlier posts. If you want to refresh your memory, click here for the fact-finding report and here for EASO’s September newsletter). 

At the end of the article, the KNOW Reset team drops a line to thank EASO Monitor and aditus foundation for our collaboration on their project. Thank YOU, Know Reset! 

We would also like to thank our friends at Forced Migration Current Awareness blog because we found this article at their end.

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