Pilot Project for Intra-EU relocation from Malta
Following the implementation of EUREMA I
, which was drawing to a close, the European Commission announced on 11 April 2011 that the pilot project is to be extended. On the 12 May 2011, the European Commission organised a Ministerial pledging conference for relocation of migrants from Malta and resettlement of migrants from North Africa.
Several Member States pledged their assistance, including Germany, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania, Portugal, Hungary and Bulgaria as well as Associated States such as Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein with a total pledge for 356 persons.
Whilst some countries have chosen to conduct relocation on a bilateral level, other Member States (Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia) are participating in the EUREMA II project, for EU financing under the European Refugee Fund, Community Actions 2011. In total, it is envisaged that 91 persons will be relocated under this project, on the basis of the pledges made by the respective countries participating in the EU funded project. The duration of the project is planned from beginning of 2012 till mid-2013.
The Local Partners have formed a Selection Committee to prepare dossiers of beneficiaries of international protection for referral to the Member States. UNHCR undertakes a pre-screening process on the basis of information available on potential candidates. Persons selected are then counselled by UNHCR for possible referral.
Participating Member States are expected to conduct a selection mission in Malta and interview referred candidates.
The International Organisation for Migration will be responsible for organising cultural orientation courses, undertaking necessary pre-travel medical examinations and organise travel arrangements.
The project provides financial support to the host countries to provide integration programmes for up to one year. This may cover accommodation expenses, language training and other aspects to ensure successful integration.
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