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Luxembourg reform to give more autonomy to asylum seekers
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Luxembourg reform to give more autonomy to asylum seekers

25.09.2015 From our online archive
The Luxembourg Government intends to grant more autonomy to asylum seekers by giving them cash as opposed to vouchers after they have been living in the country for six months.

(ml/JB) The Luxembourg Government intends to grant more autonomy to asylum seekers by giving them cash as opposed to vouchers after they have been living in the country for six months.

The Council of Ministers has decided to adjust the law on how financial support is given to people going through the asylum application process.

Luxembourg Integration Minister Corinne Cahen explained that asylum seekers who are supported by the state for food and clothing, for example, lose their budget management skills.

By giving them a cash budget to manage, it is hoped that they will gain skills that will give them greater autonomy and help them become more independent.

To benefit from this new measure, asylum seekers must sign up for an accompanied project or “projet d'accompagnement”.

This means they commit to taking steps towards becoming integrated by, for example, taking language classes, or becoming active in their communities. In return, they will be paid in euros.

The accompanied project can be effective six months after arrival. Before that date, a voucher system is in place.

In addition, the government is taking steps to ease access for asylum seekers into the labour market.

Without a work permit, they cannot work or attend training. In future, they will be allowed to work as early as six months after their arrival in Luxembourg, down from the current nine-month waiting period.

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