EU countries to grant 5-year renewable residence permits to asylum seekers

European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee approved a regulation on Thursday that grants residence permits for all beneficiaries of international protection in the EU for five years and be renewable for additional five-year periods.

According to a press release from the European Parliament on Thursday, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) backed the new regulation on the recognition of refugees, asylum seekers or other people in need of protection.

The legislation which was passed by 40 votes in favor to 13 against and with 4 abstentions, will be directly applicable by all EU member states, to make criteria and standards for the recognition of a refugee status become more harmonized.

“The aim of the regulation is to ensure that asylum seekers face equal treatment and get the same form of protection regardless of the member state in which they file their request. This should help reduce ‘asylum-shopping’. MEPs also want to improve integration in the societies hosting refugees,” the press release said.

The provision also seeks adequate protection for unaccompanied children like any other children in the country they are located.

The new Qualification Regulation is part of a wider review of the Common European Asylum System put forward last year by the European Commission. The reform of the Dublin Regulation, which determines the member state responsible to deal with an asylum application, is the centerpiece of the system’s revamp. (turkishminute.com) June 16, 2017

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