Executive Committee Conclusion No. 93 - 2002: Conclusion on reception of asylum-seekers in the context of individual asylum systems
No. 93 (LIII) - 2002

EXCOM Conclusions, 8 October 2002

The Executive Committee,

Recalling its Conclusion No. 22 (XXXII) on protection of asylum-seekers in situations of large-scale influx, Conclusion No. 44 (XXXVII) on detention of refugees and asylum-seekers, Conclusion No. 47 (XXXVIII) on refugee children, Conclusion No. 64 (XLI) on refugee women and international protection, Conclusion No. 73 (XLIV) on refugee protection and sexual violence, Conclusion No. 82 (XLVIII) on safeguarding asylum, Conclusion No. 84 (XLVIII) on refugee children and adolescents, as well as Conclusion No. 91 (LII) on registration of refugees and asylum-seekers,

Welcoming the discussion which took place on reception of asylum-seekers in individual asylum systems in the context of the Global Consultations on International Protection,1

Acknowledging the centrality of applicable international human rights law and standards in the development and implementation of reception policies,

Bearing in mind the need to provide a safe and dignified environment for asylum-seekers as well as discourage misuse of asylum systems,

Acknowledging that asylum systems are different, entailing assistance in kind or financial assistance, or a combination of both, as well as involving both governmental and non-governmental actors,

Recognizing that many asylum-seekers are capable of attaining a certain degree of self-reliance if provided with an opportunity to do so,

(a) Recognizes the need to establish and apply fair and expeditious asylum procedures, so as to identify promptly those in need of international protection and those who are not, which will avoid protracted periods of uncertainty for the asylum-seeker, discourage misuse of the asylum system and decrease the overall demands on the reception system;

(b) Recommends that the reception of asylum-seekers should be guided by the following general considerations:

(d) Urges States and UNHCR, in collaboration with other relevant actors, to combat acts of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance directed against asylum-seekers and to take appropriate measures to create or enhance harmonious relationships with the local communities, inter alia, by promoting respect for asylum-seekers and refugees, by creating awareness of their needs, as well as promoting respect for the local culture, customs and religions among asylum-seekers.

1 EC/GC/02/2 and EC/GC/01/17.

2 For definition of "torture", see 1984 UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Executive Commitee 53rd session. Contained in United Nations General Assembly document A/AC.96/973 and document no. 12A (A/57/12/Add.1)