PROJECTED GLOBAL RESETTLEMENT NEEDS 2014 LAUNCHED AT THE ATCR
The Projected Global Resettlement Needs report for 2014 was launched on the occasion of the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR), which took place in Geneva from 1-3 July 2013 under the chairmanship of Canada. The ATCR, which first took place in 1995, is an annual event that provides an important vehicle for strengthened cooperation between governments, NGO’s, UNHCR and IOM in the area of resettlement. It provides participants with an opportunity and process to address a wide range of policy and procedural matters, including advocacy, capacity building and operational support. It also serves to influence and focus joint strategies on resettlement in line with UNHCR’s global strategic priorities.
Consistent with previous years, resettlement needs continue to vastly outnumber those places made available by States. For 2014, global resettlement needs are estimated at 691,000 persons, which includes refugees living in a protracted situation where resettlement is envisioned over a period of several years. This represents a 20 per cent decrease on those estimates reported in 2013 (859,300 persons), and is due mainly to a revision of estimates in large, protracted refugee situations such as Pakistan, Turkey and Yemen. However, it does not include the possible resettlement needs generated by the massive outflow of refugees from Syria.
By contrast, there are just over 80,000 resettlement places available globally in 2014, which highlights the very real challenges that exist in providing durable solutions to the world’s most vulnerable refugees.
While the total resettlement needs in Africa and the Americas remain similar to those reported in 2012, resettlement needs in Asia and Europe show a significant decrease. This trend reflects the gradual phasing out of large-scale resettlement operations in Thailand and Nepal following the successful completion of multi-year resettlement operations.
The Projected Global Resettlement Needs report represents an important advocacy and planning tool for governments, NGO’s and civil society in seeking to address the primary resettlement issues of concern.
The following documents, which were shared at the ATCR 2013, may be of interest to you:
Resettlement needs and priorities:
Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo - Refugee Backgrounder - COR, Cultural Orientation Resource Center
Labour market integration - speech by Pär Larshans, Chief Sustainability Officer at Max Hamburger Restaurants
Review of the labour market integration of resettled refugees - Eleanor Ott, UNHCR consultant
Integration of Refugees into the Canadian Labour Market: Community based Innovative Approaches in Calgary - Fariborz Birjandian, Executive Director CCIS
Engaging the media:
SHARE, a European Resettlement Network for Cities and Regions by Petra Hueck, ICMC Europe
Surrey Welcoming Communities Project by Chris Friesen, Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISSofBC)