12 February 1997       Doc. 7758



on the vocational training of young asylum-seekers

in host countries

presented by Mrs VERMOT-MANGOLD and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

1.       Large numbers of young asylum-seekers in European countries, both those with their families and those on their own, are old enough to start work.

2.       The processing of asylum applications often takes many months or even years. Whatever the outcome of the process, this lapse of time should therefore be used to prepare young asylum-seekers more effectively for working life.

3.       Providing them with appropriate vocational training while their applications are being processed would facilitate their subsequent integration into the host country. It would also reduce the risk of their becoming used to idleness and its negative consequences.

4.       In the event of their asylum applications being rejected, they are likely to have better prospects in their own countries if they have received training, and this should influence their willingness to return of their own accord. At the same time, any training provided for asylum-seekers who subsequently return to their own countries can be seen as a form of aid to the latter, especially in the case of developing countries.

5.       If the decision to reject a young asylum-seeker's application is taken at a time when the young person has begun but not completed the vocational training, repatriation should be delayed until the relevant training is complete.

6.       The Parliamentary Assembly therefore recommends that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe call on member states:

i.       to put in place vocational training programmes for young asylum-seekers;

ii.       to delay the repatriation of asylum-seekers whose applications have been rejected until such time as they have completed whatever training they have begun.

Signed: 1

Vermot-Mangold, Switzerland, SOC

Squarcialupi, Italy, SOC

Guirado, Spain, SOC

Gusenbauer, Austria, SOC

Muehlemann, Switzerland, LDR

Hegyi, Hungary, SOC

Ruffy, Switzerland, SOC

Fehr, Switzerland, LDR

Gonzalez Laxe, Spain, SOC

Columberg, Switzerland, EPP

Kollwelter, Luxembourg, SOC

Gylys, Lithuania, SOC

Fernández de la Vega, Spain, SOC

Martínez, Spain, SOC

1 1       SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP: Group of the European People's Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR: Liberal, Democratic and Reformers Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: Not registered