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Minimum Standards for Reception

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Directive 2000/9/EC1 establishes the minimum standards of reception conditions for asylum seekers in the European Union which are deemed sufficient to ensure them an adequate standard of living, with specific provisions on schooling, employment, access to vocational training, health care and freedom of movement. There is clear legal basis for the adoption of this Directive under Article 63(1)(b) of the EC Treaty which provides that the Council shall adopt measures relating to the reception conditions of asylum seekers in Member States. Uniformity in terms of the minimum standards of reception conditions is to be welcomed providing that these minimum standards are interpreted with sufficiently high standards to ensure that asylum seekers are able to live in dignity with humane living conditions. This chapter discusses articles related to council directive (EC) No. 2003/9/EC of 27 January 2003 laying down minimum standards for the reception of applicants for asylum in Member States.

Keywords: asylum seekers; dignity; Directive 2000/9/EC1; EC treaty; European union; member states; standards of reception



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