Remarks by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council

Statements by High Commissioner, 24 February 2011

Brussels, 24 February 2011

The High Commissioner was invited to attend and address Ministers on the subject of the commemorations in 2011 of the anniversaries of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. In light of current events and with several other items of interest to UNHCR on the agenda, the High Commissioner's remarks addressed this wider range of issues, as summarised below.

Burden- and responsibility-sharing

In the EU context, this issue has both external and internal dimensions.

North Africa: movements in and from the region

In Italy, we are continuing to provide and expanding the support we had developed under the 'Praesidium' project, in which we offer assistance in reception, screening, counselling and other areas.

On Greece

Bureau for Europe 24 February 2011