ICMC and civil society group raise concern about EU Resettlement Framework proposal

European CommissionPhoto: European Commission Brussels, 16 November 2016 - The International Catholic Migration Commission, together with a group of European NGOs active in the field of refugee resettlement (Caritas, Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, European Council for Refugees and Exiles, International Rescue Committee, and Red Cross), has raised serious concerns about the European Commission's proposal for a Regulation establishing a Union Resettlement Framework.

The proposal, the civil society group argues, focuses excessively on migration control objectives; resettlement should instead be perceived as a lifesaving tool and a durable solution for refugees. In addition, the Framework should take into account the vast expertise in designing, managing and implementing resettlement programs which many European actors - including within civil society - already possess, something which would potentially increase the quantity and quality of resettlement.

Over the past 10 years, ICMC Europe has been working relentlessly to support resettlement opportunities, particularly though co-leading with UNHCR and IOM the European Resettlement Network and the SHARE network: a network of municipalities and other local actors, working towards well-defined reception and integration programs.