Providing legal and safe pathways through resettlement is part of the EU's collective effort to manage migration, provide protection to those who need it, and reduce the likelihood that people embark on dangerous journeys and risk their lives.
Following the Commission Recommendation of 27 September 2017,(1) inviting Member States to resettle at least 50 000 persons in need of international protection by 31 October 2019, the Commission received 39 839 pledges from 19 Member States so far.
This process has been supported by EUR 500 million from the EU budget. The pledges received from Member States are in line with the priorities set out in the recommendation and predominantly focus on Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and African countries along the Central Mediterranean route, in particular Egypt, Libya, Niger, Chad, Sudan and Ethiopia. The Commission encourages Member States to deliver on their pledges and swiftly resettle vulnerable refugees from all priority regions(2).
To this end, Member States have sent missions to consider resettlement cases submitted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees also in the case of resettlement of persons in need of international protection from Niger and Chad, in line with the Paris Summit Joint Statement of 28 August 2017(3) and the accompanying document ‘Protection missions for the Resettling of refugees in Europe’.
The resettlement processing and selection modalities are up to each individual Member State and the Commission has no competence to intervene in these matters.
Through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, a specific EU action supports these resettlement efforts for refugees in/or transiting Niger, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Chad, including refugees evacuated from Libya in the framework of the Emergency Transit Mechanism.