UN refugee agency urges Portugal to show leadership on migration issue

In a document entitled "UNHCR Recommendations for the Portuguese and Slovenian EU Council presidencies", the UN agency asked both countries to "negotiate a sustainable reform of the asylum system" and "provide greater support to countries and regions where most refugees live". [Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis]

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) asked Portugal on Tuesday to “show leadership” on the issue of migration during its presidency of the EU Council and “better protect refugees in Europe”.

In a document entitled “UNHCR Recommendations for the Portuguese and Slovenian EU Council presidencies”, the UN agency asked both countries to “negotiate a sustainable reform of the asylum system” and “provide greater support to countries and regions where most refugees live”.

Welcoming the “direction” taken by the EU when the Commission presented the Pact on Migration and Asylum in September 2020 – and which is currently under negotiation in the EU Council – the UNHCR head for European Affairs, Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, said he “trusts that member states will seize the opportunity to lead by example” and stressed Portugal’s place in these negotiations. (Tiago Almeida, Lusa.pt)

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