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Gov't approves bill enabling asylum holders to travel

ČTK |
18 October 2012

Prague, Oct 17 (CTK) - The Czech government approved an amendment that would enable asylum holders staying in the Czech Republic for some time to travel in the European Union, according to information form CTK source.

The bill will harmonise the Czech asylum system with that of the EU.

The legislation is to improve the legal position of the people who have been granted asylum or a "supplementary protection" in the Czech Republic. In the future, they should get a chance of obtaining the position of a long-term resident after a certain time, which would enable them to travel in the EU.

The Interior Ministry has submitted the amendment to the government over the implementing of two European directives into the Czech legal order. They are part of the common European asylum system that should secure the same asylum policy of all EU member states.

"The possibility to gain the legal position of a long-term resident in an EU member state after some time has a significant impact on the persons' full integration," says a report justifying the asylum bill.

It adds that the amendment should guarantee a better protection of asylum holders and those with "a supplementary protection status" who face torture in their homeland, for instance.

If the bill is passed by parliament and signed by President Vaclav Klaus into law, it would take effect as from 2014.

In such a case, the number of beds in asylum facilities should increase from the current 120 to some 280, which would annually cost over four million crowns .

($1=19.062 crowns)

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