A Europe Without Barriers: UNHCR’s Recommendations to the Czech Republic for its European Union Presidency (January – June 2009)
They propose that the Czech Presidency leads discussions in the Council on key legislative proposals from the European Commission (EC), including the revision of key migration regulations and directives as well as on the proposed establishment of a European Asylum Support Office. With regard to the proposal to set up a relocation mechanism within the EU they outline a number of reservations. These include the requirement that relocation only happens with the full consent of individuals; that it occurs with due consideration for safety; that it forms part of a wider approach; and that any intra-EU relocation arrangement must not undermine or reduce EU participation in the resettlement of refugees from host countries outside the EU.
The UNHCR highlights the inconsistencies in asylum decisions, where mutual recognition of negative asylum decisions exists within the Union but no similar mutual recognition of positive decisions is attempted. As such they observe that refugees and subsidiary protection beneficiaries continue to be denied the rights held by other third country nationals despite years of lawful residence in the EU.
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