Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

Commission Staff Working Paper accompanying the Commission Communication on the Joint EU Resettlement Programme (SEC(2009) 1127 final)

European Commission

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Commission Staff Working Document accompanying the Communication  of the Commission on the establishment of a Joint EU Resettlement Programme and the proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision No 573/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007 establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2008 to 2013 as part of the General programme "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" and repealing Council Decision 2004/904/EC.

Abstract

This working document is an explanatory note to the Communication of the Commission on the establishment of a Joint EU Resettlement Programme and to the proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and the Council amending a previous decision which set out the European Refugee Fund for the period 2008 to 2013.

The paper begins by giving a general policy background to resettlement in the EU. It goes on to set out 'The Scope of the Problem' as it puts it. This refers to the numbers of refugees which are in need of resettlement. It highlights the low numbers that the EU takes comparatively. The intake within Europe is broken down by country and the costs of resettlement are set out. The circumstances in which the European Refugee Fund provides assistance is set out.

A number of positive developments are set out such as the foundation of the EASO, strong political interest at EU level and increasing interest among Member States in resettlement are among these developments. However, a number of serious problems are also outlned, including a lack of solidarity by the EU with third States in receiving refugees and too few Member States participate in resettlement.

A series of policy objectives are set out by the paper and an analysis of the potential impact of these decisions is made. Included in this long list is ensuring solidarity with third States, to ensure that more EU Member States participate in resettlement and to improve, through cooperation, the quality of resettlement in the EU.

The policy options are three. Firstly to maintain the status quo. The second policy option is to develop practical cooperation, develop the political component and to develop the financial component. The third and final policy option is similar to the second option but is a more complete development.

A comparison is made of all the options and on this basis a preferred option is forwarded. This is the second option. To ensure implementation, a monitoring and evaluation section sets out how the Commission will monitor effectiveness.

The document is linked below. A second document linked below is a summary. Both are in English.

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SEC(2009) 1127 final

SEC (2009) 1127 final - Summary