The SHARE Network advocates for more and better refugee resettlement, and an increase in refugees offered protection via complementary pathways of admission (particularly private and community-based sponsorship).
In addition to research and capacity-building in support of SHARE-led advocacy, the SHARE Network and ICMC Europe work with partner organisations and networks from Europe and around the world to support effective advocacy for refugee protection at the European and global levels:
The EU cannot shirk its responsibilities towards Afghans in need of international protection
As humanitarian needs in Afghanistan continue to escalate, ICMC Europe and the SHARE Network together with 23 other NGOs are appealing to the EU to place protection at the centre of its response.
We are disappointed by the absence of leadership at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 31 August and Interior Ministers’ continued focus on preventing people from arriving in the EU, instead of providing pathways to protection. While the majority of Afghan refugees will seek safety in the region, the EU should be sharing, rather than shirking, the responsibility to offer them protection. Ahead of the Resettlement Forum currently planned for early October, we call on EU states to expand safe pathways for people in need of protection, including through an ambitious and additional resettlement programme for Afghan refugees and a flexible use of complementary pathways to safety.
Current priorities for an EU response to the situation in Afghanistan
ICMC Europe and the SHARE Network join other European NGOs working on asylum and migration and Afghan Diaspora organisations in Europe which are alarmed about the situation in Afghanistan and concerned above all about the security of the people of Afghanistan, both those within the country and those displaced and seeking protection in the region and beyond. Together, we recommend the following five urgent responses for the EU and European countries:
- Evacuation, resettlement and other safe routes to protection;
- Humanitarian Assistance;
- Security for people in Afghanistan;
- Access to asylum in Europe;
- Suspending deportations to Afghanistan.
You can find more information on Resettlement of Afghan Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons on ICMC's website.
Time to Get Resettlement Moving!
ICMC Europe and the SHARE Network join a coalition of major civil society organisations to urge the EU and its member states to revive and scale up their refugee resettlement efforts ahead of a key opportunity to rally pledges, the EU Resettlement Forum, on 9th July.
“As COVID-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted across Europe, regions, municipalities, NGOs and volunteers are preparing to welcome refugees. Refugees have had to wait too long to rebuild their lives. Mobilising our local communities, we can all together add to the number of resettlement places. Let’s not lose the momentum!” Petra Hueck, Director of ICMC Europe / SHARE Network
The statement responds to accelerating need and slow progress on current resettlement commitments. Last year, refugee resettlement plummeted to the lowest levels in decades - largely due to COVID-related travel restrictions and the limited number of places made available by states worldwide. The EU’s member states (including the UK) resettled only 9,119 refugees in total - falling far short of their commitment to welcome almost 30,000 people through this route in 2020.
With a new record of 1.47 million refugees expected to be in need of resettlement in 2022, the statement calls on the EU and its member states to revive the Union’s global leadership on resettlement, including by:
- Meeting the 2020 target of resettling 30,000 refugees by the end of 2021.
- Resettling at least 36,000 refugees in 2022 with a view to scaling this up further in the coming years.
- Providing a long-term, predictable and protection-oriented framework for EU resettlement by urgently adopting the Union Resettlement and Humanitarian Admission Framework
ICMC Europe, part of a coalition of European Christian organisations, publishes an analysis of the New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum
A coalition of nine Europe-wide Christian organizations, including ICMC Europe, has launched a series of position papers setting out their positions and concerns regarding the European Commission's proposals for a New Pact on Migration & Asylum.
The Christian organizations advocate for better responsibility-sharing between EU Member States and improved reception, protection, and integration of asylum-seekers while highlighting some concerns with the content of the proposal, including its the emphasis on returning migrants to their country of origin.
Click here to read more.
SHARE responds to the new EU Action Plan for Integration
ICMC Europe joins NGOs calling on the EU and its Member States to demonstrate leadership at the Global Refugee Forum 2019
One year after the adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees, the international community will gather in Geneva at the first Global Refugee Forum on 17-18 December 2019.
On behalf of the SHARE Network, ICMC Europe joins European NGOs and civil society networks calling on the EU and its Member States to pledge 30,000 EU resettlement palces for 2020, and commit to continuous and significant increases in anual European resettlement thereafter.
An estimated 1.4 million refugees around the world are in need of resettlement, but in 2018 just 55,680 resettlement places were made available. Inaction is not an option.
Click here to read the full statement.
ICMC Europe co-signs NGO statement addressed to the co-negotiators of the proposed Asylum & Migration Fund for 2021-27
As European co-legislators resume their negotiations on the proposed Asylum & Migration Fund (AMF) for 2021-27, ICMC Europe today signs a joint statement by the European NGO Platform on Asylum and Migration (EPAM) calling for the Fund to provide humane, transparent and effective support for asylum, migration and integration in the EU. The Fund must:
- Address vulnerability and ensure protection.
- Safeguard policy coherence in non-EU countries.
- Implement partnerships with civil society organisations (CSOs) in practice.
- Ensure coordinated and significant resources for integration
On behalf of the SHARE Network, ICMC Europe particularly emphasises the joint statement’s call for the proposed Fund to ensure meaningful collaboration and partnership with CSOs and guarantee effective coordination and resourcing for integration across relevant EU funds. As evidenced by the experience of the SHARE Network, European CSOs and regional/local authorities have the capacity and desire to welcome refugees and third-country nationals settling in EU Member States and support their successful integration. It is incumbent upon the European institutions to ensure that EU funds recognise this central role, and enable these actors to make the fullest possible contribution to integration and inclusion across the EU.
Click here to read the full EPAM statement.
ICMC Europe joins civil society call to expand legal and safe complementary pathways to respond to international protection needs