Corinne Cahen, pictured, is minister of family, integration and the greater region
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Luxembourg plans to create a new body to take care of asylum seekers when they first arrive in Luxembourg as part of a reorganisation of the reception and integration office, known as Olai.
Under Bill 7403, the national reception office, ONA, will take over all activities related to the reception, construction and management of temporary accommodation structures and one-off financial support for asylum seekers.
Activities related to integrating asylum seekers into Luxembourg society will fall under the remit of a new integration department to be created within the family and integration ministry. The ONA, meanwhile, will be attached to the foreign and European affairs ministry.
The draft law explains that the ONA will be able to collaborate on projects with organisations and communes and it outlines that assistance may be granted to partners for hosting missions. The ceiling for subsidies is set at €100,000 or 75% of the total cost of the project.
The aim of the reorganisation is to better serve people applying for international protection in Luxembourg by offering a department more focused on their needs. Justifying the separation of roles, Cahen pointed out on Wednesday that the integration element of the ministry’s activities also concerned immigrants from European countries.