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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 Lost Boys of Sudan - part 1

In Sudan, thousands of lost boys fought off crocodiles and other dangers we can barely imagine and, as 60 Minutes II first reported 18 months ago, are happily flying off to a new life in the United States.

Their incredible journey began 15 years ago, Correspondent Bob Simon reports, in the midst of Sudan's civil war in which two million people died. Their parents were killed; many of their sisters were sold into slavery. Many boys died, too.

But the survivors started walking. How many more died of starvation or thirst or enemy fire in the years that followed will never be known. But in 1992, five years after their long march began, thousands walked into a refugee camp in Kenya. And for more than a year, many have been getting ready for another journey to a strange and foreign land.

Every Sunday, a plane arrives at the camp to take the boys from Kakuma to New York - and beyond. More than a thousand boys have taken this journey, and at least 3,000 more are slated to go. It's the largest resettlement of its kind in American history.

CULTURAL ORIENTATION LEAFLET FOR RESETTLED REFUGEES IN PORTUGAL

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.