Integration of resettled refugees

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Adult Refugee Programme - Yearbook 2010/2011

National Adult Refugee Programme

The Adult Refugee Programme  is open to all those with refugee status. This is interpreted as being in possession of a valid Green Card with a stamp 4. Participation in the Programme is available for a period of up to 6 months, 20 hours per week. This does not necessarily have to be continuous and in very general terms translates to approximately 460 hours for each Programme participant. There are 2 distinct types of classes that are operated; those as part of initial assistance to Programme Refugees resettled in Ireland (programme is available for 1 year) and those in areas identified with a significant population of refugees.

The purpose of the Programme is to assist as best possible in a process of integration into Irish society and at all times during the Programme participants must be actively seeking employment. The Programme offers assistance in 3 ways:

  • up-skilling English language ability,
  • assistance in accessing the work/study place and,
  • through social activities, an increase in the understanding of both the culture and the general characteristics of Ireland.

The programme runs short-term, part-time courses for refugees, courses specifically designed to better enable participants to effectively integrate into Irish society, both from a language and from a social and cultural perspective.

The programme also delivers an intensive induction course to newly arriving Programme Refugees in partnership with the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality. This 6 week course is completed prior to the refugees moving to their permanent location.

Shaping our future

The MORE Project (Modelling of National Resettlement Process and Implementation of Emergency Measures) was an EU funded Project which ran from December 2003 to April 2005. The Project partners were the Ministry of Labour, Finland (MOL) and the Reception and Integration Agency, Ireland (RIA) in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE).
The aim of the Project was to develop comprehensive models for the resettlement process which can be utilised by other European Union Member States and other countries. The main outcome of the Project was the production of this practical guide to the resettlement process. During the course of the Project, activities were conducted at international and national level in Finland and in Ireland. In developing its approach to work the Project acknowledged a number of basic principles: that the work of the Project should be practical in nature; that the participation of resettled refugees was key and that a holistic approach to the resettlement process, in which distinct elements of the process are linked together, was required. Throughout the lifetime of the Project, the Project team sought to involve all of the key actors engaged in the resettlement process. The key resettlement actors include: resettled refugees; national authorities; international organisations such as the UNHCR and IOM; international and national level NGOs; local authorities; front-line public service providers and local community organisations.

Evaluation of the Gateway Protection Programme

In March 2005, the Resettlement Interagency Partnership (RIAP) commissioned an independent evaluation of the delivery of the Gateway Protection Programme (GPP). Various agencies in RIAP, funded via the Home Office for the Programme had agreed to pool evaluation budgets, in order to ensure an integrated evaluation process. The overall aims of the evaluation were:
♦ To assess the effectiveness of the Resettlement Interagency Partnership (RIAP) and Gateway Protection Programme (GPP) in delivering services and support that are in the best interests of refugees.
♦ To identify the key learning points and best practice from the experience of delivering the Programme to date.
♦ To provide a set of recommendations and suggested models to help further develop the Programme.
In carrying out the evaluation, considerations of cost effectiveness and value for money have been included. The ethos of the evaluation has been ‘forward looking’, identifying strengths and areas of good practice, and considering how these might be built on. Where particular challenges and areas in need of further development have emerged, these have been constructively draw upon as lessons learnt in this pilot period, so that they can inform future work on the Programme.
As part of the agreed evaluation process, individual feedback will be provided to key RIAP and other delivery partners. This detailed feedback is not included within this report.
The Gateway Protection Programme involves a number of delivery stages, pre-arrival and then post arrival in the UK. Those elements of the programme that are delivered in the countries from which refugees travel are referred to in the evaluation, particularly where they have had an impact on resettlement and on the services offered within the UK. However, they have not been considered in the same detail as the post arrival stages, since the level of fieldwork required for this was not within the agreed scope of this evaluation.
This report begins with a summary of key findings and recommendations, followed by a brief background to GPP and description of the evaluation methodology. The detailed evaluation findings and analysis are then presented in four sections that consider the delivery of services, the structure and function of the Programme, the partnership approach, and principles for future development.

The Swedish Refugee quota

They are often called “quota refugees” but many prefer the label “UN refugees”. It also happens – consciously or unconsciously – that they are wrongly called “real refugees” in opposition to those who came to Sweden and sought asylum on their own. This is a matter of the approximately 1,900 people taken as part of the annual Swedish refugee quota and who have their residence permit prepared before entry.

Innovative San Diego Refugee Resettlement Program that Serves Broader Community Earns Award for Exceptional Immigrant Integration Initiatives

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) on Wednesday announced that the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego, California, is one of four recipients of its 2011 E Pluribus Unum Prize for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. The national award honors the IRC in San Diego for its multi-faceted approach to helping refugees and their families become self-sufficient and successfully integrate into the local workforce and the larger U.S. society. California received 41,220 refugees from 2005 to 2010, according to the California Department of Health and Human Services, with 12,310 resettled in San Diego. As federal and state budget tightening continues, the safety net that non-profit refugee resettlement programs provide has become increasingly important, as has the need for refugees to quickly achieve self-sufficiency.


The CPR activity report for 2011 : resettlement and integration; challenges and projects for the future.

(Article is available in Portuguese only)


The following Cultural Orientation Leaflet presents information aimed at refugees who might be eligible for resettlement in Portugal. This Leaflet sets out to portray, in a simple but accurate fashion, the Portuguese historic, socioeconomic, political and cultural context, while also describing service provision in favour of resettled refugees after arrival. The aim of this leaflet is to promote autonomy upon arrival in Portugal, minimising potential cultural misunderstandings and facilitating integration into the Portuguese society.

Le récit d'un réfugié érythréen réinstallé en Belgique

Filmon Ande escaped from Eritrea in 2007. After having faced death in the Sahara desert with his family, he now lives in Belgium thanks to EU resettlement programmes. The European Parliament aims at helping refugees like Filmon and It is engaged in this task.