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Policy Paper Project REST

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25 January 2021
Policy Paper Project REST
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protection asylum residence trafficking policy paper Dublin

The project REsidency Status: STrengthening the protection of trafficked persons (REST project) is coordinated by LEFO IBF in Austria and implemented by 5 other LSI members in Serbia (ASTRA), Moldova (La Strada), the Netherlands (CoMensha), France (CCEM) and Spain (Proyecto Esperanza). The project works on improving access to a long-term protection for third country nationals trafficked in Europe, through a secure residency status, by exploring available long protection opportunities, including the refugee protection scheme.

Currently, huge differences are noted between the number of identified victims and issued residence permits and in general there are only few possibilities to obtain (permanent) residence on personal grounds in the different European countries.  Recommendations of the consortium include the need for protection of all trafficked persons regardless their legal procedure, more compatibility between NRMs, Asylum and Residence Permit Systems and the granting of residence on account of Victims’ personal situation. This policy paper developed in the framework of the project, will be used for further advocacy to promote residence for trafficked persons.