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Social Aspects of Human Trafficking. Note from the Danish Delegation to the Council of the European Union

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Social Aspects of Human Trafficking. Note from the Danish Delegation to the Council of the European Union
Council of the European Union
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Meeting Documentation/Conference Reports,
9824/07, SOC 225, Documentation, Reflection period, Residency permit, Identification, Social assistance, Victim protection, Shelter, Repatriation, Empowerment, Redress, Advocacy, Civil society, NGO, Vulnerability, Human Rights approach, Prevention, Information campaign, Protection, Prosecution, Law enforcement, Victims of trafficking, Trafficked persons, Family reunification,
At the meeting of the EPSCO Council on 1 December 2006, the Danish Minister for Social Affairs presented a non-paper in which it was suggested that Ministers for Social Affairs should discuss the social aspects of trafficking in human beings and consider which initiatives can be set in motion at EU level. The social dimension of human trafficking refers to the social conditions under which people live before, during and after becoming victims of human trafficking. The concept also encompasses the social factors in the countries of origin and destination that enable and foster human trafficking. The paper proposes new initiatives as "social aspects of trafficking in human beings demand development of new and different approaches and tools". The proposed initiatives underline that: • There is common understanding of the urgent need to work together across boundaries in this field • The social dimension is integral to preventing and combating trafficking at European level • We must have a set of fundamental social values to guide our work in this field • Openness and determination are needed to resolve the problems we face with human trafficking. The innovation of new initiatives was based on five specific, carefully selected themes. The five themes were: • Prevention. • Identification • Preparing victims’ return to their home country • A new life for returning victims • Documentation
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