Ahead of EU Member States submitting their pledges for the EU resettlement scheme by 15 of September, we call on leaders to ambitiously expand safe pathways to international protection and better reflect Europe’s capacity to welcome.
Resettlement and other complementary pathways to protection offer a lifeline to people forced to flee – a way to reach safety without endangering their lives. For countries of first refuge, they represent a form of solidarity and support. While for receiving countries, they provide a structured and durable approach to welcoming people in need.
After many years of reduced pledging for resettlement and humanitarian admissions, the coming months offer new opportunities for the EU to commit to ambitious quotas of safe pathways for refugees. The COVID-19 pandemic no longer poses an obstacle to international transfers and the upcoming second Global Refugee Forum in December is a crucial chance for the EU to show leadership on international protection. As negotiations on the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum continue, the essential role of safe pathways in truly sustainable and balanced asylum and migration policies must not be overlooked.
Even with ongoing displacement from Ukraine, EU Member States currently only host a small proportion of forcibly displaced people globally, while only addressing a marginal 1.1% of global resettlement needs in recent years. It is clear that Europe can and must do more to support people in need of protection and show solidarity with countries hosting the vast majority of displaced persons.
The undersigned non-governmental and humanitarian organisations call on the EU, Member States and associated countries to:
Read the full statement and its detailed package of recommendations to the European Commission, the European Parliament and national authorities