Integration of resettled refugees

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Title Source Country
Bertine Bahige, a Congolese refugee resettled to the US, tells his life story Wyoming Chronicle
Samen Inburgeren Vormingplus & Inburgering Antwerpen Belgium
Begeleiding bij integratie Vluchtelingenwerk Netherlands
Act on the Integration of Immigrants and Reception of Asylum Seekers (493/1999; amendments up to 324/2009 included) Unofficial translation, legally binding only in Finnish and Swedish Ministry of the Interior, Finland Finland
A New Beginning: Refugee Integration in Europe UNHCR Europe Austria, France, Ireland
The Integration of Resettled Refugees UNHCR
What did the UDI do in 2011? - Annual Report UDI - Norvegian Directorate of Immigration Norway
Participative Integration in Finland The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish Cultural Foundation in Finland and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities Finland
Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities: The Role of Cities and Businesses The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP)
Country Chapters - FRANCE- UNHCR Resettlement Handbook The Government of France - UNHCR France
Country Chapters - BELGIUM- UNHCR Resettlement Handbook The Government of Belgium - UNHCR Belgium
Statistical Overview - Migration and Asylum 2011 The Danish Immigration Service Denmark
Comparative study on the best practices for the integration of resettled refugees in EU member states Study by the Directorate-General for internal policies, Policy department - European Parliament
Direct placement and support of resettled refugees in municipalities Schol, M., Woestenburg, N., Sibma, A., Jager, L. de, Winter, H. Netherlands
Zuwanderer auf Deutschland vorbereiten: Handlungsempfehlungen und Strategien Sarah Tietze, IOM Nuremberg Germany
Responding to Trauma - Handbook based on experiences of Afghan refugee women living in Finland Sandi Mäki-Soini Finland
Early experiences of Young Sudanese resettled to Finland Saija Niemi Finland
The Gateway Protection Programme - Good Practice Guide Rick Jones, Nigel Rose, Rachael Hardiman, with contributions from Gateway Protection Programme teams at Refugee Action and Refugee Council UK
Amir's volunteering - a study on volunteering as a pathway to social inclusion for young asylum seekers and refugees Red Cross Denmark Denmark, UK
Amir's Volunteering - A guide on involving young asylum seekers and refugees as volunteers. Experiences, ideas and recommendations Red Cross Denmark Denmark, UK
CULTURAL ORIENTATION LEAFLET FOR RESETTLED REFUGEES IN PORTUGAL PORTUGUESE REFUGEE COUNCIL (CPR) Portugal
RELATÓRIO DE ACTIVIDADES 2011 PORTUGUESE REFUGEE COUNCIL (CPR) Portugal
Tools for Addressing Integration Challenges Pindie Stephen, Senior Migrant Training Specialist /Integration Focal Point IOM HQ, Geneva
The World at Our Doorstep Onondaga Citizens League
A “First Buddy in the United States” Awaits Refugee Children Arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Niurka Piñeiro, IOM Senior Press Officer and Spokesperson for the Americas

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.

Higher Education for Migrants and Refugees - Website

This website provides an overview of the initiatives promoted by the European Commission to facilitate the exchange of good practices on migrants’ and refugees’ education and the projects the Commission funds across the different levels of education.

Preparing for Syrian Resettlement webinar

The number of Syrian refugee admissions will be steadily increasing in the coming year. This webinar, lead by Liyam Eloul, will help your agency become better prepared to serve the particular needs of this population. Topics covered include:
- Background and demographics of Syrian refugees;
- Syrian refugee expectations;
- Potential challenges for Syrian resettlement in the U.S.;
- How to prepare your staff and communities for Syrian resettlement; and
- Who might be helpful partners.

Liyam Eloul is a trauma therapist with a specialization in complex emergencies and urban refugees in the MENA region. Liyam received her postgraduate diploma from the American University in Cairo on Psychosocial Interventions for Refugees and Forced Migrants, and her Master's Degree in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver. She has worked with refugees both prior to and following resettlement in the United States. Liyam has worked largely internationally with INGOs over the past decade, including in Egypt, Syria, Oman, Ghana, and Jordan, and has published on the impact of culture on the experience of psychosocial distress, as well as program development. In Syria she worked with UNHCR Damascus, piloting a psychosocial program for the organization as the monitoring and evaluation focal point. Liyam is currently a psychotherapist trainer and clinical supervisor with the Center for Victims of Torture in Amman, Jordan.

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How to sponsor a refugee

Of the more than 10 million refugees from around the world, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or UNHCR estimates that at least 800,000 of them will eventually need to resettle to another country, like Canada.

The Government of Canada has introduced a unique program to help refugees.  The Blended Visa Office-Referred program makes it easier for private sponsors to provide support....to refugees in need.

Follow the steps refugees take when they are sponsored under the Blended Visa Office-Referred Program. Learn how refugees are selected overseas and matched with Canadian sponsors.