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NGOs make urgent call: “Dramatic increase in refugee resettlement urgently needed”
The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since WWII. At this year’s ATCR, 34 NGOs made an urgent call on all parties to support the UN Secretary General's goal: for States to provide resettlement spaces and additional legal channels for at least 10% of the global refugee population annually. Follow the link below to read the full text and watch the statement as video message!
ICMC has published its report “Building a Resettlement Network of European Cities and Regions - Experiences of the SHARE Network 2012-2015”. Follow the link below to learn more about policy reflections, tools, resources and recommendations produced during 4 years of SHARE Network learning.
EU – Turkey Civil Society Dialogue: conference meeting (Istanbul, 4-6 April, 2016)
A first EU-Turkey civil society dialogue conference and working visit was hosted by Human Resource Development Foundation (HRDF) and ICMC Europe in Istanbul on April 4-6, bring together 30 participants, including European experts in volunteering (NGO and local authority), and Turkish representatives from civil society, local authorities, central government, universities and UNHCR - discussing challenges, opportunities and approaches to refugee protection and, in particular, to promote the use of volunteers to expand services to refugees in Turkey.
“Volunteering for Refugee Protection: Strengthening refugee assistance services in Turkey”
ICMC Europe and project partner Human Resource Development Foundation (HRDF) are pleased to announce the commencement of a new programme: “Refugee Protection and Service Delivery Dialogue – Strengthening Partnerships to Respond to Syrian Refugee Needs”.
The project is part of the EU –Turkey Civil Society Dialogue programme, bringing together civil society organisations from Turkey and the EU, to exchange knowledge and experience, and to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between organisations.
Follow the link below to read about the main objectives and learn how to get engaged in upcoming activities!
FIFTH AND LAST EDITION OF THE SHARE NETWORK MAGAZINE NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD!
ICMC Europe is pleased to announce the publication of the fifth edition of the SHARE Network Magazine - a special issue on WELCOME and new city-, civil society- and citizen-led initiatives on awareness raising, housing and labour market integration in the context of increased numbers to arrivals to Europe! Introduced by Petra Hueck, Director at ICMC Europe, this issue is the last in a series of 5 electronic SHARE Magazines.
REFUGEES HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE RIGHTS! CAMPAIGN #REFUGEESHAVERIGHTS
Approaching Christmas and a new year, ECRE and ICMC Europe conduct a social media campaign asking European citizens to share their rights with refugees and give those who have come to Europe, an opportunity to rebuild a new life, for themselves and their children. Now, more than ever, we must remain true to our fundamental values. Please join our campaign and welcome refugees into your communities, offering them a life in Europe with dignity. Look for #RefugeesHaveRights on social media to share our rights with refugees!
'Protecting and Welcoming Refugees in Europe': A joint statement issued by the SHARE Network on the occasion of the SHARE Network Conference (Brussels, October 20th 2015)
After 3.5 years of engagement in refugee resettlement, protection and integration, on 20 October 2015 the SHARE Network issued the Policy Statement 'Protecting and Welcoming Refugees in Europe'. The statement has been endorsed by organisations and cities across SHARE's Network, who have supported the tools, resources and learning produced by SHARE since its launch in March 2012, and the statement's recommendations to enable actors at all levels to contribute to the successful reception, integration and welcome of refugees in Europe. Follow the link to read the statement and see who has endorsed its recommendations...
Video Impressions from the SHARE Network Conference (Brussels, 20th October 2015)
SHARE gladly presents the latest short films of the SHARE ‘Voices from the City’ series! At the occasion of the SHARE Network conference, ICMC Europe produced a series of videos with conference participants, including cities, municipalities, civil society organisations and previously resettled refugees - responding in 3 case study interviews to the thematic areas: 'Welcoming refugees to Central-Eastern Europe';
'Meet the SHARE Resettlement Ambassadors'; and 'Welcoming Communities'.
Follow the link below to view the 3 short case study videos highlighting SHARE Network members’ and SHARE Ambassadors’ concerted actions to enable refugees to settle, integrate and move toward independence in their new societies!
Refugee resettlement and integration in Europe: the SHARE Network discussed experiences and lessons learnt in Brussels
Brussels, 22 October 2015 – Over 140 representatives from 20 European countries including regional and local authorities, cities and municipalities, civil society organizations, citizens’ initiatives, previously resettled refugees and international organizations gathered in Brussels on Tuesday 20 October to discuss experiences and lessons learnt about resettlement and integration of refugees in Europe during the three years since the SHARE Network was established.
Volunteering for Refugee Integration - new SHARE toolkit publication
During 2014-15, the SHARE Network's 'SHARING through Mentoring' programme piloted tools and methodologies, and facilitated structured peer exchange to promote volunteering for refugee integration. We're delighted to now make available to you 'Volunteering for Refugee Integration: a SHARE Network Toolkit Publication'! Available in English, French and German, the toolkit can assist you to begin, assess and improve volunteering for refugee integration in a way that fits the specific circumstances of your city and/or organisation. Follow the link to find out more and download a copy...
New ICMC - ERN research report on resettlement and other legal avenues for Syrians
In the framework of the European Resettlement Network, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) has released a new report entitled: “10% of refugees from Syria Europe’s resettlement and other admission responses in a global perspective”
Since its launch in mid-2014, the SHARE Resettlement Ambassador programme has recruited, trained and worked in partnership with 9 previously resettled refugees from 7 European countries. Follow the link to find out more about who the SHARE Resettlement Ambassadors are, why they got involved and how they've supported the development of the SHARE Network to date...
Rapport SHARE : « La réinstallation des réfugiés en France: état des lieux et voies d’amélioration »
SHARE, France terre d’asile et Forum réfugiés-Cosi ont le plaisir de présenter « La réinstallation des réfugiés en France: état des lieux et voies d’amélioration » - un rapport annuel sur le programme français de réinstallation en 2013 et 2014.
BELGIUM STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE ON REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT
On June 23rd 2015, Fedasil, the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRS), SHARE and Caritas International organised a meeting on the Belgium resettlement programme for Syrian and Congolese refugees. The background to the meeting was the decision of the Belgian government to double the initially foreseen resettlement quota. Follow the link below to read the full conference report.
Report from SHARE Stakeholder Conference in Paris, June 24, 2015
On June 24 2015, the French SHARE partners France Terre d’Asile and Forum Réfugiés-Cosi organised a stakeholder meeting on the French resettlement programme in Paris. In the frame of the conference, the two NGOs presented their co-written report on the French resettlement programme and on the specific schemes for Syrians and Iraqis.
EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROPOSAL ON A EUROPEAN AGENDA ON MIGRATION
The European Resettlement Network (ERN) welcomes the EU Agenda on Migration launched on 13 May 2015, which prioritises saving lives and can be considered as a first step towards putting in place a comprehensive European approach to the asylum and migration challenges faced.
SHARE Resettlement Ambassador helps give refugees a voice in the UK - a report from Refugee Action...
SHARE Resettlement Ambassadors are involved in many different activities and initiatives concerning resettlement and integration in their national contexts. Follow the link to hear from the UK NGO Refugee Action about the role of UK SHARE Resettlement Ambassador Abdi Khalif in their new Refugee Voices project....
Building capacity to receive resettled children in the Swedish municipality of Strömsund
Strömsund is a small municipality in northern Sweden. The municipality has been a driving force in development work for resettled children and young people, work that has been made possible by support from the European Refugee Fund (ERF) and the national government body the Swedish Migration Agency.
Escape and Home – A documentary on reception and welcome of Syrian refugees in Oggelsbeuren
Since May 2014, the foundation 'Heimat geben' (Giving Home) in Ogelsbeuren, a municipality in the German federal state Baden-Würrtemberg, provides accommodation and welcome to a group of arrivals under the German Humanitarian Admission Programmes.The documentary ‘Flucht und Heimat’ (Escape and Home) gives voice to refugees and experts in Egypt and Lebanon, and portrays the work and cooperation of the many stakeholders involved in the realization of the reception project in Ogelsbeuren.
'Refugees from Syria' - a cultural backgrounder for host communities and practitioners
The U.S. Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) has produced a backgrounder on the Syrian refugee population aimed at providing valuable information for host communities and practitioners involved in the reception and integration of Syrian refugees. The publication is now available in 7 European languages including Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Spanish and Swedish.
fourth edition of the share network magazine now available to download!
ICMC Europe is pleased to announce the publication of the fourth edition of the SHARE Network Magazine - a special issue on volunteering! Introduced by SHARE Resettlement Ambassador Dilora Mukhtorova, who was resettled to The Netherlands with her family in 2013, this issue is fourth in a series of 6 electronic editions planned for 2014-15. Find out more and download the latest issue of the SHARE Network Magazine by following the link below...
The first in the SHARE Expert Webinar series on 'Recognising & Responding to Trauma Amongst Refugee Populations' took place on 28th January 2015, with expert speakers from Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and IOM Geneva, and attended by 22 participants from 14 European countries. Follow the link to view the full webinar recording, download copies of presentations and access key resources...
Volunteering for Refugee Resettlement - report from the 'SHARING through Mentoring' visit to Limburg (4-5 February 2015)
On 4-5 February 2015, in the framework of the SHARE Network's 'SHARING through Mentoring' programme, a delegation from the Finnish city of Tampere travelled to the Dutch municipalities of Sittard Geleen and Maastricht to learn about the volunteering programmes of VluchtelingenWerk (Dutch Council for Refugees) Limburg.
Kruibeke: award-winning welcome in a Belgian municipality…
The municipality of Kruibeke in the Belgian province of East Flanders has received the ‘Welcoming Community of 2014’ award (Gastvrije Gemeente Award) in recognition of its efforts to welcome asylum seekers and refugees. The Welcoming Community Award is an initiative of the Flemish Refugee Council (VluchtelingenWerk Vlaanderen), which seeks to recognise local communities that contribute to the welcome integration of those seeking protection in Flanders and Brussels.
Joint NGO Letter Calls on EU Member States to increase pledges for refugees fleeing Syria
In a joint open letter, Amnesty International, CCME, ECRE, ICMC, IRC, JRS, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children call on EU Member States to pledge to receive more refugees from Syria at UNHCR's ministerial-level pledging conference on 9 December 2014 in Geneva.
UNHCR PLEDGING CONFERENCE ON RESETTLEMENT AND OTHER FORMS OF ADMISSION FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES, 9 DECEMBER 2014
On 9 December 2014, UNHCR will convene a ministerial-level pledging conference on resettlement and other forms of admission for Syrian Refugees in Geneva, which will provide States with the opportunity to make further commitments to meet the growing needs of Syrian refugees.
European Resettlement - Consolidation and new protection opportunities
On 20-21 November 2014, in the framework of the European Resettlement Network, 90 representatives from International Organisations, European Institutions, national, regional and local governments, NGOs, previously resettled refugees and other civil society representatives came together for a 1.5 day conference in Brussels. ICMC, IOM and UNHCR would like to thank all the participants for two inspiring days of discussion, networking and exchange of experience on past achievements and future EU resettlement objectives and priorities.
Full Report from SHARE Expert Seminar on Volunteering has been published!
On October 13-14 2014 in Maastricht, SHARE convened a 1.5-day expert seminar on volunteering in refugee resettlement. A full conference report has now been published: including presentations of all volunteer expert speakers, volunteer resources and a short report on the conclusions of the conference. Follow this link to download the full report of the SHARE Volunteer Expert seminar.
SHARE City Exchange visit - Spanish delegation (24-26 September 2014)
On 24-26 September, in the framework of SHARE II, ICMC, the UK city of Sheffield and the NGO British Refugee Council welcomed a delegation of 11 Spanish participants to visit the local resettlement programme operating in the city since 2004. The visit formed part of the planning process of regional and local Spanish actors for the reception of 130 Syrian refugees due to arrive into Spain in December 2014.
JRS-PORTUGAL WELCOMES 14 REFUGEES UNDER THE “SEEDS OF HOPE” PROJECT
In 2014, JRS-Portugal welcomed 14 refugees, including five children, from various countries under the Portuguese resettlement programme co-financed by the European Refugee Fund. In consideration of the message it seeks to communicate, the project was named “Seeds of Hope” owing to its social and humanitarian dimension.
Following an intensive advocacy campaign undertaken by the Refugee Council and partners, the UK government agreed to offer places to vulnerable refugees from Syria through a Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme. The Refugee Council, which shares the role of National Network Focal Point in the UK for the European Resettlement Network with Refugee Action, shares its experience of leading this campaign.
Report from ERN/SHARE Stakeholder Conference on the admission of Syrian refugees into France - city of Lyon, June 18 2014
On June 18 2014, in the city of Lyon, ERN National Network Focal Points and SHARE Network partners France Terre d'Asile and Forum Réfugiés co-organised and hosted a one-day meeting on the admission of Syrian refugees into France, attended by 25 participants drawn from national and international actors working on the programme. Follow the link to read a short summary of the conference and download the full conference report...
Public appeal for scholarships for Syrian refugees
The German initative, 'Flüchtlingsstipendien.de', has launched an appeal calling for scholarships to enable young Syrian refugees in Syria's neighbouring countries to continue their higher education in Germany. More than 3,600 academics and other individuals from civil society have expressed their support for the appeal.
SHARE II Pilot Project on Evaluating Local Resettlement in Europe - we need your help!
During 2014-15, SHARE II will develop and test an evaluation framework for local resettlement programmes in Europe. We want to ensure that the framework we produce is as useful and as accessible as possible for those working on refugee resettlement in Europe, and you can help! Follow the link to read more about the project and our partners and to complete our short (max. 5-10 minutes) online survey...
Extension of German Humanitarian Admission Programme - Reflections by the German National Network Focal Point
While applauding the commitment of the German government in providing HAP places, the Arbeiterwohlfahrt Bundesverband e.V. (AWO), a National Network Focal Point of the ERN, would advocate for further improvements to be made to the legal framework and to the practical implementation of the programme.
UNHCR URGES EUROPE TO DO MORE TO HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES
On Friday, 11 July 2014, UNHCR launched a new report, Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity. In it, UNHCR is calling for European nations to do more to help Syrian refugees who are trying in growing numbers to reach the safety of Europe.
After more than a year of hard work and thorough preparations on behalf of many national and international actors, 40 Iraqi refugees, comprising 22 adults and 18 children, were resettled from Turkey to Romania on 29 May 2014.
Reflections on a Recent Visit to Jordan by the Belgium National Network Focal Point
The National Network Focal Point for Belgium, Ewout Adriaens, participated in a two-day study visit to Jordan organized by Sweden, chair of the Core Group on Resettlement of Syrian Refugees, and UNHCR on 6-7 May 2014.
Stories from the field - Assessing refugees' eligibility for resettlement
Identifying and assessing refugees in need of resettlement is a crucial and challenging aspect of the resettlement process. A Resettlement Expert and a Best Interest Determination (BID) specialist from within the UNHCR-ICMC Deployment Scheme have shared their experiences in determining individual protection risks and specific needs of refugees in the Nyarugusu Camp, Tanzania and the Mai Aini camp, Ethiopia.
During February-March 2014, representatives of Caritas Friedland, Hildesheim and Osnabrück visited Lebanon to meet with organisations involved in case referral, selection and processing for refugees from Syria.
Q&A - UNHCR'S CALL FOR THE ADMISSION OF 100,000 SYRIAN REFUGEES IN 2015 AND 2016
Following UNHCR's call for States to make multi-annual commitments towards a goal of providing resettlement and other forms of admission for an additional 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 and 2016, this Q&A addresses the main questions related to this appeal.