Linking-In Newsletter - Issue 2, March 2012

EU Resettlement Skills Share Day

We are pleased to announce the EU Resettlement Skills Share Day, a 1.5-day interactive event for 120-150 participants taking place in Brussels on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th May, 2012.  The event will gather a wide variety of policy makers and practitioners engaged or interested in refugee resettlement which will contribute towards building a future EU Resettlement Practitioners’ Network.  At present over 150 persons have registered including EU officials, international organizations, governments, NGOs, local and regional authorities, media and others from over 27 countries inside and outs

Resettlement Working Group & good resettlement practices in Australia

Governments meet twice each year to discuss the state of play in resettlement in Working Groups in Geneva. In February this year, a Working Group was organised in Melbourne, Australia, allowing participants to learn how reception and integration programmes are delivered in Australia. Representatives from governments, international organisations and NGOs from across the world participated in a rich and inspiring programme of field visits - to NGOs, refugee community groups, schools and a radio station - exchanged good practice, and shared the lessons learned during plenary session discussions.

Ahmed Dini – Somali refugee resettled to Australia

I was 10 years old when I arrived in Australia. The resettlement process was quite tough in many aspects, for me and my siblings.  We found it difficult to communicate with our peers at school, and we quickly understood that learning the language was our number one priority.

A Norwegian language course that works! – Customized programmes produce results

In 2010, the district of Alna in Norway started a Norwegian language course for foreigners using a new learning method and results have come quickly! The pilot included 14 Somali women whose length of stay in Norway was an average of 9 years and who had little to no knowledge of Norwegian language. After 5 weeks all women spoke Norwegian with a pronunciation that makes it easy to understand them and they were able to have conversations about various topics, tell stories, call a doctor and make appointments.