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Strengthening the voluntary relocation and resettlement of persons in need of international protection

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The Standing Committee today called on member States and the EU to strengthen and increase the voluntary transfer of migrants in need of humanitarian protection or asylum seekers to third countries for determining their migration status, in particular vulnerable persons in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain.

Referring to the thousands of undocumented and homeless migrants at the EU's external borders, notably in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and on the border with Belarus, PACE called on member States to take note of any asylum applications and to seek possibilities of voluntary relocations or resettlements to other countries, in humanitarian emergency situations.

Adopting a resolution based on the report by Lord Alexander Dundee (United Kingdom, EC/AD), the parliamentarians recalled that all relocations and resettlements should be made voluntarily; nobody should be relocated or resettled to a country against their will. Priority should be given to unaccompanied child refugees and refugees with medical needs or victims of human trafficking.