The European Resettlement Network is an inclusive network that supports the development of resettlement in Europe by connecting a variety of actors involved in refugee resettlement. Network members have a shared commitment to refugee resettlement and refugee protection, to ensuring the provision of durable solutions for refugees, and to ensuring refugees resettled to Europe receive integration support that provides them with the tools to become fully participating citizens.
Who are the members of the European Resettlement Network?
Network members are both organisations and individuals working in resettlement and integration policy and practice, at different levels and in a variety of sectors. They include those from national, regional, local government, international organisations, civil society, volunteers, academics and others working in all stages of the resettlement process –selection and identification, pre-departure assistance and orientation, travel, reception and integration in the resettlement country. The network membership also includes refugees previously resettled to Europe, whose unique experiences and expertise can contribute to enhancing and developing European resettlement programmes and practice.
What does the European Resettlement Network do?
The EU Resettlement Network provides a platform to exchange information and expertise on resettlement priorities, processes and practices. It offers support, resources and solutions to actors seeking to start, expand or improve resettlement programmes
The goals of the network are:
- To promote cooperation amongst resettlement actors and stakeholders, thereby building capacity to increase and improve resettlement efforts.
- To gather and disseminate information, research, data and practices about and relating to refugee resettlement and refugee integration, and so increase mutual learning on refugee resettlement.
- To provide a platform to launch initiatives developed by the network membership.
- To support the development of resettlement and integration policy in EU Member States.
- To facilitate sustainable transnational cooperation in resettlement, beyond time-limited projects and initiatives.
The network particularly focuses its current support on new resettlement countries, including Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Spain, to facilitate their efforts in establishing and consolidating annual quota resettlement programmes.
The central tool for the network is the website - www.resettlement.eu - launched by the 3 partners in early March 2012 and currently being developed to include a resource library, a directory of resettlement policymakers and practitioners, online discussion groups, opportunities for online consultations and mutual learning via an online community of practice. The information-sharing activities of the network -both the website and network newsletter- inform members about developments and trends in global refugee situations and European resettlement policy and practice, in addition to highlighting opportunities to participate in the network and its activities.