A new law on asylum in Albania

A new law on asylum in Albania

Tirana, September 10, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

Parliamentary law committee in Albania has approved the bill on “Asylum in the Republic of Albania”. The bill was presented to the committee by the Minister of Interior.

The bill regulates the procedures of granting and lifting asylum in the Republic of Albania, rights and obligations of refugees and people under temporary protection, the content of the refugee status, their right for family union and the conditions for the integration of refugees and people under protection in the Republic of Albania.

One of the novelties of the bill is also the “Exemption for deportation, which applies when the person in question is considered as a danger for the security of the Republic of Albania or has been sentenced for a serious crime to a minimum of seven years in prison.

Minister Saimir Tahiri (main photo) said that this bill is an obligation of the Republic of Albania to harmonize the legislation of the EU. According to him, this law consolidates the regulation in the domain of asylum and international protection in the Republic of Albania.

The new law replaces two current laws in the domain of asylum, that for Asylum in the Republic of Albania and the law for the Integration and Family Unification of people who have been granted asylum in the Republic of Albania.

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Albania has seen a growing tendency of foreigners coming in the country for asylum or to be granted the refugee status. They mainly come from Arab and African countries. The majority of them are poor people (second photo) who have arrived in Albania by going through a lot. But, there are also cases of wealthy people who want to live in Albania or be issued with Albanian passports.

To treat these cases, a national committee for asylum and refugees is being appointed. This committee will act as the only competent authority who will deal with complaints against the decision of the responsible authority for asylum seekers and refugees. /ibna/