In the framework of the ERN+ project 'Developing Innovative European Models for the Protection of Refugees and Providing Support to New Resettlement', the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) has released a new report entitled: 'Expanding complementary pathways for refugee resettlement: Private Sponsorships in Europe'.
Building upon initial research carried out by ICMC in the context of the “10% of refugees from Syria: Europe’s resettlement and other admission responses in a global perspective” report and on the outcomes of the webinar “Emerging Private Sponsorship Programmes in Europe”, additional interviews with key stakeholder and some field-research were conducted starting in December 2016 in order to answer the following questions:
1) How can we define refugee sponsorship and what are its main objectives and characteristics?
2) What are the important features of a successful sponsorship programme?
3) What are the key challenges in designing a sponsorship programme?
The report maps different private or community based sponsorship programmes that have developed over the last two years in four European member states and seeks to identify some of the key elements that may inform existing and new programmes including: the division of roles and responsibilities between the state and the private actors, the identification and selection of sponsored persons, the time necessary to process applications, the type of status and entitlements and rights afforded to the sponsored persons, available safety-net provisions and overall programme monitoring and evaluation.
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Written in the framework of the EU-funded European Resettlement Network project, Developing Innovative European Models for the Protection of Refugees and Providing Support to New Resettlement Countries, this scoping paper represents the first phase of a research project which will continue into early 2018. This scoping paper on private sponsorships of refugees accompanies two parallel publications, one on humanitarian admission programmes and one on student scholarship programmes which are all published under the activities of the ERN+ Project.