|Title||The Way Forward: Europe's Role in the Global Refugee Protection System. Guarding Refugee Protection Standards in Regions of Origin|
|Publisher||European Council on Refugees and Exiles|
|Publication Date||December 2005|
|Topics||International protection | Voluntary repatriation|
|Cite as||European Council on Refugees and Exiles, The Way Forward: Europe's Role in the Global Refugee Protection System. Guarding Refugee Protection Standards in Regions of Origin, December 2005, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/43a67e804.html [accessed 21 April 2015]|
|Comments||This paper includes the following key recommendations:
* Europe must play an active role in improving refugee protection in regions of origin, without undermining the right to seek asylum in Europe.
* Europe must act on the basis of a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes protection, drawn from international refugee and human rights law.
* To access protection which is effective refugees must enjoy: (a) A guarantee of nonrefoulement; (b) Civil and political rights; (c) Economic, social and cultural rights; (d) Legal protection; (e) Timely access to a durable solution.
* States in all regions should, without reservations, accede to and comply with the relevant international refugee and human rights instruments.
* Asylum seekers and refugees should never be returned or transferred against their will to 'safe third countries': (i) which only provide temporary protection; (ii) with which they have no meaningful links; (iii) where resettlement is the only option; (iv) if it would be inconsistent with international responsibilitysharing principles.
* International and European cooperation should lead to greater responsibilitysharing and go beyond its current overwhelming focus on the strengthening of border controls.
* European states should undertake concrete measures to help other refugeehosting countries provide a better quality of protection. These must take into account the rights and needs of local host populations.