Advocating for Resettlement

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FA.RE. Feasibility Study for an Italian Resettlement Programme

“FA.RE. – Feasibility Study for an Italian Resettlement Programme” is a project cofinanced by the European Commission and the Ministry of Interior. CIR is the operational implementing partner of the Ministry of Interior. The study’s objective was to verify the feasibility of an Italian Resettlement Programme.
More precisely, FA.RE. has had the following objectives:
a) gaining an in-depth knowledge of the actual functioning of Resettlement programmes;
b) verifying whether other countries’ experiences may be transferred to Italy;
c) providing Italian institutions information and means to decide on the implementation
of an Italian resettlement programme and the participation in a future European
resettlement programme.
This project has been innovative and, in some ways, “revolutionary”. It is the first time, in fact, that Resettlement is treated in Italy as a long-term programme. It appeared necessary for Italy to give a clear political message to show its interest and commitment towards a future-oriented asylum policy, on one hand, and not excluding any necessary mean to facilitate the situation of people asking for protection, on the other.

(Article in Italian, English and Spanish language)

Europe, now it is your turn to act

In the wake of the conflict in Libya, thousands of refugees who were in the country at the time have been forced to flee again. Now, they have nowhere to go. The international community holds the solution: some states can offer to resettle them elsewhere. Yet so far, European countries have done little to help.

Carlow Rohingya Resettlement Programme

This research report, on behalf of the County Carlow Development Board, aims to provide a systematic assessment and evaluation of the Carlow Rohingya Resettlement Programme. Data was collected to explore the opinions and inputs of relevant stakeholders in the area in order to provide useful feedback about the effectiveness and value of the project. It aims to qualitatively document the key learning from the programme, to highlight areas of success and achievement and to indicate areas in need of greater attention. In addition, it aims to assess the current level of need of the Rohingya community and to make recommendations for the future development of the Resettlement Programme based on the main findings of the research. It is intended that this document act as the first comprehensive account of all of the initiatives that took place in the first year of the Carlow Rohingya Resettlement Programme as well as contextualising the project within the most recent and relevant social framework.

Comparative study on the best practices for the integration of resettled refugees in EU member states

This study examines the question of the integration of resettled refugees in   Europe,  by  analysing  the  policy  framework  for  resettlement  and refugee   integration   and   the   practices   at   the   national   and the European level. The study is illustrated with examples from various Member States.
Drawing from existing guidelines and global recommendations on integration and resettlement, the study underlines good practices and challenges and puts forward proposals to improve national resettlement programmes and to promote a better resettlement policy in Europe.

Resettlement in the Netherlands - interviews with Bhutanese refugees

‘Refugees’ are often referred to in the media and public in negative, or pitiful words. Without even making the distinction between refugees and asylum seekers, they are o! en described as a
homogenous group that abuse the welfare system, or as helpless victims. With this report, GHRD want to emphasise that they areneither. Indeed, as per definition, refugees have been victims of
human rights violations; however, they are neither helpless nor do they owe their gratitude. They are individuals, who have lived through alot of hardship, and now they have the right to assistance.

In order to increase public and political support for refugees and resettlement programmes, there is a need for objective reporting, and to better emphasise this aspect. There is a need to report from
the refugees’ own points of view, an opinion shared by several of the agencies involved with the resettlement.

Save Me Campaign

In 2009 the German government decided to accept 2,500 Iraqi refugees for resettlement under an ad-hoc agreement with UNHCR, as part of a joint EU response to the Iraqi refugee situation.

A Life on Hold

Omar's story Part I: A Life on Hold

When war broke out in Libya last year, thousands of refugees from countries including Somalia, Sudan, and Eritrea were forced to flee for their lives.  Filmmakers Nick Francis and Marc Silver travelled with Amnesty International to a refugee camp in Tunisia where they met Omar, a Somali teenager. After fleeing Mogadishu and surviving an attack in Libya, he is waiting to be resettled in the Choucha refugee camp in Tunisia.

For more information, visit Amnesty International’s web page.