Refugee resettlement - Partnerships for a durable protection and reception - 20 June 2013 - Lyon, France

An exchange of experiences between France, Belgium & the UK

Follow the links to view a copy of the event programme in English and French.   Click here to view videos of all presentations and discussions at the conference (presentations are given in both English and French). The full conference report is available and can be accessed here.

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, Belgium 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.

The conference brought together experts from regional and city authorities, civil society organisations and housing organisations from France, Belgium and the UK to exchange experiences and debate the role of regional and city authorities and their civil society partners in providing shelter for refugees. The conference was a crucial step in building the SHARE network, and continuing the process of increasing the capacity and ability of local and regional actors in Europe to receive resettled refugees.

Conference attendees also participated in the city of Lyon's World Refugee Day umbrella march, organised by Forum Réfugiés-Cosi as an expression of Lyon's solidarity with refugees around the world.  The umbrella march has taken place every year in Lyon since 2004 and the city's example has inspired many others across Europe to express their solidarity by holding World Refugee Day umbrella marches. ICMC, the city of Lyon and Forum Réfugiés-Cosi are delighted that conference discussions on the role of cities in providing shelter for refugees took place in this context.