Advocating for Resettlement

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Title Source Country
Europe, now it is your turn to act Amnesty International
The Proposed EU Resettlement Framework: Position Paper Amnesty International
Carlow Rohingya Resettlement Programme Aoife Titley Ireland
Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council Establishing a Union Resettlement Framework and Amending Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council: Joint Comments Paper by NGOs Caritas Europa, Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC Europe), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Red Cross EU Office
What is the European response to the Syrian refugee crisis? Czech Radio - Daniela Vrbová Czech Republic
Know Reset website ECRE, European University Institute, Migration Policy Centre Belgium, Denmark, Finland
The story of a refugee EuroParl TV - European Parliament Belgium
Resettlement and Humanitarian Admission Programmes in Europe: What Works? - Study European Migration Network (EMN)
L'Observatoire de France terre d'asile N'59 France terre d'asile France
Resettlement in the Netherlands - interviews with Bhutanese refugees Global Human Rights Defence Netherlands
Refugee resettlement: the view from Kenya. Findings from field research in Nairobi and Kakuma refugee camp. Hannah Elliot, KNOW RESET Research Report 2012/01
New Land, New Life - The inspiring stories of five refugees HardaMedia
Building a Resettlement Network of European Cities and Regions- Experiences of the SHARE Network 2012-2015 ICMC Europe
Welcome to Europe! A comprehensive guide to resettlement ICMC Europe Belgium, Czech Republic
Refugee Resettlement from Pakistan: Findings from Afghan Refugee Camps in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) Ilyas Chattha, KNOW RESET Research Report 2013/01
Pathway to Protection: Life beyond Beldangi Refugee Camp Immi TV, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian government
Pathway to Protection: Rai Family Resettlement Journey Immi TV, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian government
10,000 refugees from Iraq: A report on joint resettlement in the European Union International Catholic Migration Commission Europe & International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Syria: a regional crisis International Rescue Committee UK
FA.RE. Feasibility Study for an Italian Resettlement Programme Italian Ministry of Interior Affairs, Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) Italy
EU Resettlement News Digest - 17 August 2012 Linking-In EU Resettlement
Refugee resettlement: 2012 and beyond Margaret Piper AM, Paul Power, Dr Graham Thom
Resettlement at Risk: Meeting Emerging Challenges to Refugee Resettlement in Local Communities Melanie Nezer
Taking Stock of Refugee Resettlement: Policy Objectives, Practical Tradeoffs, and the Evidence Base - Report Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
A Life on Hold Nick Francis & Mark Silver

Building a Resettlement Network of European Cities and Regions- Experiences of the SHARE Network 2012-2015

“Either we enable migrants to become part of the community, or we will witness tensions and a further growth of xenophobic movements. SHARE brought together cities, towns, communities, churches and migrant associations to promote and coordinate a real response to the needs of integration.  I am proud of it.”

Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative for Migration and President of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)

ICMC published its report “Building a Resettlement Network of European Cities and Regions- Experiences of the SHARE Network 2012-2015”, being the culmination of 4 years of the SHARE Network learning.

Since 2012, the SHARE project has built a European resettlement network of regions, cities and their civil society partners with the objectives of 1) promoting refugee protection and resettlement and a culture of welcome and 2) improving planning and coordination for refugee reception and integration in Europe.

SHARE has expanded the EU Resettlement Network (ERN), engaging over 1,200 regional and local contacts already active in resettlement, contemplating resettlement projects or planning advocacy for resettlement in their respective countries. The project spanned Europe, engaging stakeholders in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Romania and the United Kingdom. SHARE has sought to develop a network of actors to share best practices in resettlement between experienced actors and actors in emerging resettlement countries or countries considering resettlement, facilitate refugee integration locally, exchange information and learning in a formalized fashion, advocate for resettlement and share creative and contextualized local resettlement solutions.

With continued loss of life in attempts to cross the Mediterranean, developing adequate channels for the orderly admission of refugees to Europe must be at the core of strategies to address asylum and migration challenges in the European Union. Resettlement is a significant tool in this respect and the SHARE project sought to promote resettlement and improve resettlement outcomes.

Resettlement allows for ahead planning and coordination leading to better reception and integration of refugees. SHARE learning suggests that all countries can develop successful resettlement programmes when properly planned and coordinated among stakeholders and that a European-wide response, involving all countries and regions and municipalities (from large cities to small villages), is essential. 

The SHARE  network position is that the same kind of planning and integration services as are applied in resettlement should be applied in cases of  relocation or any other mechanism to distribute refugees across countries or territories.

A number of key policy recommendations emerged from the SHARE project that have the potential to improve and strengthen resettlement, relocation and refugee reception and integration in Europe which include 1) Non-discrimination among refugees of the same country in granting of status and service provision; 2)  Recognizing the need to strengthen reception and integration services in those regions and municipalities receiving larger number or specific (vulnerable) profiles of refugee; 3) The need for increased attention to refugee placement decisions in a manner sensitive to refugees’ special needs and potential, particularly with respect to integration into the labor market; 4) Strengthening multi-stakeholder cooperation between regions, municipalities and civil society in providing reception, welcome and integration services; 5) Including regional and local actors in financial decision-making (AMIF) and programming; 6) Promoting grassroots initiatives and volunteerism in providing welcome and integration services; 7) Prioritizing the use of Personalized Integration Programs (PIPs) and including employment as an important benchmark in such integration plans.

We hope that this summary of policy reflections, tools and resources and recommendations produced by the SHARE network will support and offer guidance to regional and local actors implementing reception programmes in Europe and be a useful policy tool for a broad range of actors working in the field of asylum and migration in Europe.

Report of 2017 Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement

Organised by UNHCR, the Government of New Zealand and NZ Red Cross, the 2017 ATCR took place on 12-14 June and brought together representatives of 32 nations involved in resettlement. The 2017 ATCR explored ways of increasing and broadening resettlement as a durable solution for refugees, in line with commitments outlined in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. Delegates discussed strategies to involve new states in resettlement, build community-based sponsorship, increase the engagement of the private sector, introduce complementary pathways to traditional resettlement programs, and broaden resettlement criteria. 

Resettlement and Humanitarian Admission Programmes in Europe: What Works? - Study

This study offers a comprehensive overview of the policies and practices of resettlement, humanitarian admission programmes, and private sponsorship initiatives in EU Member States and Norway, identifying challenges and success factors, and providing insights to assist policymakers in further elaborating such programmes, at both national and EU levels.