EU commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson speaks during her visit to the Obrenovac migrant reception center in Obrenovac, Serbia | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/ANDREJ CUKIC
EU commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson speaks during her visit to the Obrenovac migrant reception center in Obrenovac, Serbia | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/ANDREJ CUKIC

The European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson has reported that she is working to secure €300 million for the resettlement of 30,000 refugees until the end of 2022.

The EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson on July 9 said she is working to secure €300 million to find safe new homes for 30,000 refugees until the end of 2022.

Johansson made the statement during a speech to introduce a forum to restart resettlements, which were on standby due to the Covid pandemic, and to relaunch legal procedures for asylum seekers.

'Find additional funding'

During her speech at the High Level Resettlement Forum, the commissioner called on member states to "find additional funds" and make "pledges" to offer a "safe new home" to those fleeing war and persecution.

"That's my goal for today and for the months ahead: to find the political will for pledges. Ambitious pledges," she said.

Need to act

At the forum, which was attended, among others, by Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, Johansson insisted on the "urgent need to act," recalling Grandi's request to Europe "to resettle 36,000 people next year."

 

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