San Marino has taken additional measures to combat trafficking in human beings, according to a new report published today by the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), but a number of issues continue to give rise to concern.
The report assesses developments since the publication of GRETA’s first evaluation report on San Marino in July 2014 as regards the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.
The positive steps taken by the country’s authorities include 2015 amendments to the Law on the Entry and Stay of Foreigners, enabling the issuing of renewable residence permits to victims of trafficking in human beings for humanitarian reasons and/or for the purpose of their co-operation in the investigation or criminal proceedings. Another positive development concerns foreign citizens working as private carers, who have been enabled to obtain work and residence permits for the duration of 12 months, without the requirement to leave San Marino prior to requesting new permits. The setting up of a dedicated helpdesk to provide private carers with information on their rights is also commendable.