Integration of resettled refugees

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Increasing Congolese Refugee Arrivals: Insights for Preparation Andrew Fuys, Associate Director for International Programs, CWS & Sandra Vines, Associate Director for Resettlement & Integration, CWS
Innovative San Diego Refugee Resettlement Program that Serves Broader Community Earns Award for Exceptional Immigrant Integration Initiatives Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
Integration is a process Finnish Red Cross Finland
KNOW RESET Final Report: Refugee Resettlement in the EU 2011-2013 Report Delphine Perrin Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic
Labour Market Training with SFI (Swedish for Immigrants) - project brochure County Administrative Board Gävleborg Sweden
Labour Market Training with SFI (Swedish for Immigrants) -video County Administrative Board Gävleborg Sweden
Le récit d'un réfugié érythréen réinstallé en Belgique European Parliament - EuroparlTV Belgium
Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities: The Role of Cities and Businesses The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP)
Moving to Mars - a million miles from Burma Mat Whitecross UK
Nutrition Surveillance Report IOM Medical & Health Department, Geneva
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
Pathway to Protection: Bhutanese citizenship celebration Immi TV, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian government
Paving the Way, a Handbook on the Reception and Integration of Resettled Refugees ICMC Europe
Policies and practices in the health-related reception of quota refugees in Denmark, Danish Medical Journal 59/1 Hanne W. Frederiksen, Allan Krasnik & Marie Nørredam Denmark
Preparing for Syrian Resettlement webinar Ethiopian Community Development Council
Presentation Ceremony for the Adult Refugee Programme - 2012 Kerry Education Service Ireland
Rain is beautiful Nick Francis & Mark Silver Sweden
Reframing Refugees Fostering Community Engagement and Welcoming Communities Project which is supported by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR/ACF/DHHS)
Refugee Backgrounder No. 2: The 1972 Burundians Cultural Orientation Resource Center
Refugee Resettlement in France Factsheet Forum Réfugiés-Cosi France
Refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo Cultural Orientation Resource Center
Resettlement at Risk: Meeting Emerging Challenges to Refugee Resettlement in Local Communities Melanie Nezer
Resettlement of refugees in the Netherlands Immigration and Naturalisation Service - IND Netherlands
Responding to Trauma - Handbook based on experiences of Afghan refugee women living in Finland Sandi Mäki-Soini Finland

KNOW RESET Final Report: Refugee Resettlement in the EU 2011-2013 Report

KNOW RESET aimed at conducting a systematic inventory of resettlement frameworks and practices in the EU, providing a comparative analysis and assessment of resettlement in the Member States, evaluating their resettlement capacity while addressing policy recommendations to the EU and its Member States in order to enhance cooperation and improve resettlement activities. To better understand Member States’ decision-making and better explore the potential for developing resettlement capacity in the EU, the Project has covered the 27 EU Member States whatever the nature and degree of their involvement in refugee resettlement. Unique field research has also been conducted in three major countries of first asylum (Kenya, Pakistan, Tunisia) by external experts hired for the Project, who dedicated their observation and analysis on EU Member States resettlement practices in the pre-departure phase.

The Final Report compiles various deliverables of the KNOW RESET Project: a series of tables and graphs for quantitative and qualitative country comparison, 27 "Resettlement Country Profiles", 3 Country of First Asylum Reports and 2 EU Comparative Reports. The final report is available here

The New Life is Just Like the New Year

'The New Life is Just Like the New Year' explores the integration challenges and opportunities that resettlement presents for those refugees arriving into European towns and cities, and how resettlement actors working at all levels can collaborate and innovate to support long-term integration and settlement. 

The programme draws on interviews with representatives from City of Sanctuary (UK), the Foundation for Assisting Refugee Students (UAF, in the Netherlands), the global ICORN city network, ICMC Europe and UNHCR's Bureau for Europe to discuss volunteering, mobilising support for resettlement amongst local authorities and citizens, and the role of local actors such as schools and universities in supporting the integration process.  Abdulkareem Abdulkareem, an Iraqi engineer resettled to Munich with his family in 2009, also contributes his thoughts and reflections on the importance of adequate preparation and support for the long-term integration of resettled refugees in Europe.

Clarifying UNHCR Resettlement: A few considerations from a legal perspective

The resettlement of a refugee to a third country from the country in which he or she first sought asylum is one of the three durable solutions (voluntary repatriation, local integration, and resettlement) that the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to seek, in addition to its core function of providing international protection to its persons of concern.

Academic studies on refugee resettlement under the auspices of UNHCR are largely classified into three disciplinary approaches. One is a historical approach that examines the evolution of UNHCR resettlement in the macro-political landscape. The second approach is anthropological and reveals the micro-politics most specifically related to the identification of
refugees for resettlement . The third approach is to examine resettlement from a legal viewpoint; only a few studies have been conducted from this perspective.3 One critique of UNHCR resettlement notes that it ‘lacks a clear definition and it has been manipulated as a major tool for States to apply discretionary policies.’4 In particular, the resettlement of African refugees ‘has been shaped by the continuing tension between political imperatives and humanitarian obligations.’5 It is also noted that these three durable solutions ‘find loose support from legal instruments and are mainly derived from the regular practice of states and international organisations.’ Consequently, ‘they are embedded in a complex set of political, economic, and strategic interests that often go far beyond humanitarian concerns on refugees’ protection.’

The UNHCR resettlement operates within a complex matrix of human rights, humanitarian and political considerations. It is therefore essential that we carefully analyse the two propositions that have been made: first, that there is no clear definition of resettlement, and second, that resettlement has only loose support from legal instruments. There has been no studies conducted that analysed the resettlement mechanisms in relation to legal frameworks. Close examinations of the definition and the functions of resettlement would achieve more clarity on the UNHCR resettlement.