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Thursday, 10 June 2010

MEPs call for EU money for Member States willing to host refugees

Member States volunteering to receive refugees sheltered by third countries should receive up to €6000 from the EU refugee fund per person resettled, suggested Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. EU countries contribute to resettlement far less than other developed countries like the US, Australia and Canada, stressed MEPs. They also repeated their call for internal EU solidarity with Member States facing special pressures. EU countries should receive a fixed amount of €4000 for each person resettled, according to a number of EU priorities: children and women at risk of violence or exploitation, unaccompanied minors, person with serious medical needs, survivors of violence and torture and people threatened with forced return or victims of natural disasters, said the committee.The EU contributed to only 6.7% of the global resettlement of refugees in 2008, with 4378 individuals. The UNHCR estimates that 747,000 are in need of resettlement. As of today, only 10 Member States have taken part in any resettlement schemes.

Souce: European Parliament