ICMC EUROPE JOINS CIVIL SOCIETY CALL TO EXPAND LEGAL AND SAFE
COMPLEMENTARY PATHWAYS TO RESPOND TO INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION NEEDS
30 November 2018 - ICMC Europe today joined 15 other civil society organisations and networks to call for an expansion of legal and safe complementary pathways in response to international protection needs.
The call is made in the context of the forthcoming adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees by the end of 2018 which, amongst other solutions, calls for a multi-stakeholder approach to involve a wide range of partners and stakeholders in expanding access to resettlement in third countries and other complementary pathways. Such pathways include enlarging the right to family reunification, expanding refugee scholarship programmes and private or community-based sponsorships, issuing humanitarian visas, and strengthening labour mobility schemes.
The 16 signatories call on states to expand access and facilitate procedures to implement complementary pathways as a fourth durable solution. Civil society - NGOs, universities, citizens, refugee communities, and private business - have already proved that new actors are willing and capable of addressing specific protection needs, and of complementing the international protection framework.
'Through the SHARE Working Group on Private Sponsorship we are documenting the many best practices for private sponsorship initiatives, which have already brought over 3,000 refugees to Europe’, says ICMC Europe's Petra Hueck ‘National governments tell us that their populations fear newcomers, but we do not see this at the local level. In many smaller municipalities, volunteers, churches and other local actors work jointly to welcome refugees. Private funding and new social networks have identified housing and sourced job offers, and local schools are happy to receive new pupils. Let’s SHARE this positive message!'
ICMC Europe, together with UNHCR and IOM, has since 2012 coordinated the European Resettlement Network (ERN), working to develop and strengthen resettlement programmes in Europe by connecting different stakeholders involved in refugee resettlement. Since 2016, the ERN has monitored and assessed the emergence of complementary pathways in addition to resettlement. Follow the links below to read and download key ERN publications in this area: