Videos - An exchange of experiences between France, Belgium & the UK

Co-organised by the International Catholic Migration Commission (Europe), the city of Lyon and Forum Réfugiés-Cosi, 'Refugee Resettlement - partnerships for a durable protection and reception in France and the United Kingdom', a half-day conference was held in the city of Lyon on June 20 on the occasion of World Refugee Day 2013.

Scroll down to view the different presentations and sessions from this event.

Hubert JULIEN-LAFERRIÈRE, Councillor of city of Lyon, responsible for decentralised cooperation and international solidarity welcomed the conference participants on behalf of the mayor of Lyon.


Petra HUECK, Head of ICMC Europe, Brussels outlined the role of the event and  the broader SHARE project in extending European resettlement expertise through sharing of experiences within Europe, thereby contributing to increasing the capablities of cities, regions and countries to show international solidarity with refugees and countries of first asylum.


Philippe LECLERC, UNCHR Representative in France, stressed the importance of  resettlement in the context of the current refugee situations worldwide.


Brigitte FRENAIS-CHAMAILLARD, Head of the Asylum Service at the Ministry of the Interior outlined resettlement activities in France and described several areas of concern that the government is hoping to improve in the near future. 


Cécile DINDAR, Deputy Secretay General Préfecture du Rhône presented current resettlement activities in Rhone.


Rachel WESTERBY, City Coordinator, ICMC Europe provided an introduction and overview of the SHARE project, its current activities  and past achievements. She stressed the importance of partnerships, the numbers of which have grown considerably over the past two years and introduced the project’s work including outreach activities, the city exchange programme and research on humanitarian cities.


The roundtable entitled 'Reception & protection in the city - local partnerships in action,' was comprised of local authorities from the Cities of Sheffield, Lyon, Manchester and Bradford as well as of representatives from organisations involved in the reception of resettled refugees in Belgium, France and the UK. Participants outlined their respective programmes with a particular focus on their housing arrangements and then discussed several of their initial or ongoing challenges in providing appropriate housing arrangements for resettled refugees.

The roundtable was moderated by Belinda GALLUP, Sheffield City Council (UK) and participants included Olivier BRACHET, Grand Lyon; Jeremy BERNHAUT, Refugee Action; Tim GRIFFITHS, City of Manchester (UK); Soyful ISLAM, Horton Housing Association; Hiron MIAH, City of Bradford (UK); and Anne DUSSART, Caritas International (Belgium). 


Sylvie GUILLAUME, Member of the European Parliament and LIBE Committee gave the closing remarks.