The consortium of the project REsidency Status: STrengthening the protection of trafficked persons (REST project) published a policy paper based on research conducted on available long term protection and residence opportunities, including the refugee protection scheme, for victims of trafficking. This policy paper includes recommendations for protection of all trafficked persons regardless their legal status, more compatibility between NRMs, Asylum and Residence Permit Systems and granting of residence on personal situations.
Currently, huge differences are noted between the number of identified victims and issued residence permits at European national level and in general there are only few possibilities for victims of trafficking to obtain (permanent) residence in the different European countries. The paper identifies the main gaps and recommendations for change. The REST project is coordinated by LEFO IBF in Austria and jointly implemented with ASTRA in Serbia, La Strada in Moldova, CoMensha in the Netherlands, Comité contre l’esclavage moderne (CCEM) in France and Proyecto Esperanza in Spain. All organisations are members of La Strada International.