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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.

Selection phase

UNHCR identifies refugees in need of resettlement as part of its mandate to offer protection and to find durable solutions for refugees, while other NGOs and international organizations also play a key role throughout the identification and selection phases. However, it is States that have the sole discretion in offering permanent places of residence in their countries through resettlement.

Video Interview Pilot

The possibility of conducting interviews using Video Interview were discussed at a meeting of the project entitled “Practical co-operation in EU resettlement” of the IOM, UNHCR and ICMC held from 8 - 10 March 2010. The IND took the initiative in connection with the above. A pilot was performed with refugees in the Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Romania. Other countries were afforded the opportunity to join this pilot. The Hungarian government had two observers participate in the mission.

The objective of the Video Interview Pilot is to examine whether time and costs can be saved using this technology, while retaining the quality of the interview.

This memorandum describes the preparation and implementation of this pilot. Conclusions and recommendations are formulated on the basis thereof.

The following questions had to be answered in order to perform the pilot:
• What are the (minimum) technical requirements?
• What minimum requirements should the setting of the interview satisfy?
• What requirements does video interviewing impose on the interviewer?

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.