EU proposes new voluntary scheme to resettle 50,000 refugees

BRUSSELS (dpa) - The European Commission presented a new resettlement scheme on Wednesday, that would allow for 50,000 refugees to be resettled to Europe over the next two years.
The commission said 500 million euros (590 million dollars) had been set aside to support member states, that are free to participate in the scheme on a voluntary basis.

The commission said that while resettlement from Turkey and the Middle East is to continue, an increased focus should be put on
resettling vulnerable persons from Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad and Ethiopia.
Resettlement is managed by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which selects refugees who have a continued need for international protection.
In 2016, the main beneficiaries of UNHCR-facilitated resettlement programmes were refugees from Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq and Somalia.

Thursday, September 28th 2017

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