'Look & Learn' visit to Denmark - June 2012

From June 11-14 2012, ICMC Europe, together with the Danish Immigration Service, Danish Refugee Council and the Danish municipalities of Faxe and Faaborg-Midtfyn, organised a 4-day ‘look and learn’ visit to Denmark for participants from new and emerging resettlement countries. 

In addition to input from the Danish experts, the 4-day programme also benefited from the expertise of established resettlement countries, including the UK, Iceland, the Netherlands and Sweden, in addition to that of the European Commission.  The programme guided participants through the two main components of the ‘internal cuisine’ of the Danish resettlement programme – from resettlement quota modelling and management, to the partnerships and innovative practice that shape the implementation of resettlement programmes at the local level in Denmark.

During classroom learning time in Copenhagen, our expert partners in the Danish Immigration Service presented the Danish resettlement quota model, and described how it responds to global resettlement needs by facilitating the arrival of resettled refugees via both dossier and mission selection.  ICMC Europe provided the comparative European context for the Danish quota model, and led participant discussion about the international, national, regional and local partnerships that can support successful resettlement programmes within new and emerging countries.

2 days of site visits to Faxe and Faaborg municipalities included meeting with an employer of resettled refugees and touring the factory workplace, discussing integration support with local service providers and meeting the Danish volunteers that assist them in their work, and visiting a vocational school working with refugee young people.  The programme enabled participants to meet with previously resettled refugees from Afghanistan, Burma and Bhutan, to hear about their experiences of travelling to and settling in Denmark. 

The final day of the visit highlighted successful approaches to advocacy, lobbying and volunteering in resettlement, and enabled participants to discuss and reflect on the transferability of approaches and practices developed by the Danish programme. Participants were also presented with further opportunities of involvement in the EU Resettlement Network via the website www.resettlement.eu and ICMC’s SHARE project. 

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The 'Look & Learn visit' in the media:

Lørdag. Avisen, EU delegation på besøg i Jobcenter Faxe,  [Read article]

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