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Property issues perpetuate displacement of some 2,5 million refugees and IDPs in Europe

“Not solving property issues of some 2,5 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Europe means perpetuating their displacement and complicating peace-building efforts,” Jorgen Poulsen (Denmark, ALDE) explained when presenting his report on this issue on 9 December to the PACE Migration Committee in Paris.

The restoration of legal rights and physical possession of properties through restitution, or the provision of equivalent properties or value through compensation, are essential forms of redress.

A study examining European standards and practice related to restitution of the property of displaced persons in European post-conflict settings should be undertaken by the Council of Europe helping to set guidelines on how to provide effective redress for conflict-related loss of access and rights to housing, land and property in Europe.