Position Paper: The Proposed EU Resettlement Framework
On 13 July 2016, the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation establishing a Union Resettlement Framework. The proposal sets a framework within which the Union will implement resettlement in the future. Amnesty International believes that a framework for a structured and coordinated approach to resettlement within the EU can ensure greater participation and commitment towards resettlement from member states, and allow the EU to contribute more meaningfully towards global resettlement. However, there are serious concerns with key aspects of the proposal. Amnesty International strongly objects to resettlement becoming instrumental to the objective of migration deterrence and returns. Resettlement is a key protection tool providing a durable solution for refugees and should not become a migration management tool. Moreover, Amnesty International is concerned that the proposal would entrench EU-wide ineligibility criteria which aim to discourage irregular movement to and within the EU.