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 outside the EU.
The Skills Share Day will include panels, workshops, master classes, a market place and a film screening event. The programme, which will also feature Commissioner Malmstrom, the Danish Presidency, MEP’s and EASO and will cover all aspects of the resettlement process, including resettlement needs, asylum and resettlement priority areas, selection and pre-departure activities, reception and integration. Burmese, Congolese, Iraqi and Somali refugees will contribute to the discussion, making the resettled refugee and refugee journey a core focus of the programme. We are looking forward to receiving so many motivated participants in Brussels that will share practices and will hopefully be inspired to introduce new examples and ideas when travelling back to their home country – thus contributing to an EU Wide Resettlement Programme with larger numbers and quality integration programmes. We hope to confirm the final programme and select participants for the event by early April.