Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 28

Commitment of Romania to refugee resettlement

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 maggio 2009

Brussels CCME- 174 Rue Joseph II  Debate in Bucharest applauds new Romanian involvement in global refugee protection governmental representatives, embassies, MEPs, representatives of the UN refugee agency UNHCR and civil society organisations in Bucharest.  The debate was the first of a series of debates on refugee resettlement, which the Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) is organising in 2009 with partners across the EU. The debates are taking place in anticipation of a common EU resettlement scheme which the  European Commission is expected to propose in July this year. The debate in Bucharest took stock of the preparations of Romanian governmental agencies as well as civil society for the arrival of the first 40 resettled refugees expected to take place later this year.  Representatives of the Romanian Migration Office and Romanian NGOs underlined the intention to cooperate closely on the emerging resettlement programme. In a case study, representatives of Czech governmental and non-governmental organisations reported about their respective  experiences as the first post-communist country to establish a resettlement programme.  The European dimension of the Romanian resettlement programme was underlined by the  contribution of Daciana Sarbu, Romanian member of the European Parliaments Committee on Justice and Home Affairs. Ms Sarbu in her contribution also underlined the need for more informed debate: “so far there is only little expertise on resettlement. This debate could not be more timely”.
The Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) is since 2004 actively promoting resettlement as an additional tool for refugee protection in Europe.


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