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Resettlement on Refworld

Refworld contains a wealth of documents related to resettlement, including statistics and legal, policy and background information.

Resettlement

An alternative for those who cannot go home, made possible by UNHCR and governments.

Resettlement Handbook

A key reference in elaborating resettlement criteria and developing approaches to policy.

UNHCR Resettlement Handbook and Country Chapters

July 2011 edition of the UNHCR Resettlement Handbook.

Resettlement

The significance of resettlement as a durable solution is increasing in the EU.

Resettlement Procedures

Flow chart of resettlement case identification and processing stages

Projected Global Resettlement Needs Rss FeedProjected Global Resettlement Needs

Provides an overview of progress and challenges, in addition to trends in refugee resettlement. It is prepared annually by UNHCR and introduces the projected global resettlement needs and capacity for the next year.

Partnerships in Resettlement

How UNHCR works with the co-operation of NGOs and governments in resettlement.

UNHCR-ICMC Resettlement Deployment Scheme

UNHCR and the International Catholic Migration Commission support for resettlement activities.

Emerging Resettlement Countries

Not many countries offer to resettle refugees but the number is steadily growing.

UNHCR-ICMC Resettlement Deployment Scheme Background Information

Background Information on the Scheme, Application Process for the Roster and the Roster Application Form

Establishment of a Joint EU Resettlement Programme

Comments on the European Commission Communication on the establishment of a Joint EU Resettlement Programme and the European Commission Proposal for the amendment of Decision No 573/2007/EC establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2008 to 2013.

Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR)

A mechanism to enhance partnership between UNHCR, Governments and NGOs.

Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR)

A mechanism to enhance partnership between UNHCR, Governments and NGOs

Durable Solutions

Voluntary repatriation, local integration, resettlement, the three key solutions.

Annual Tripartite Consultations  Rss FeedAnnual Tripartite Consultations

Consult the on-line collection of Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) documents, from 2001 to date. View all documents (All sessions) or select by session/year below.


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Partnerships in Protection

UNHCR works with governments and civil society in advocacy and protection system building and resettlement.

Refugees with Special Needs

UNHCR presented a note to the UNHCR Standing Committee in June 1998 on the resettlement of refugees with special needs

Resettlement from Tunisia's Choucha Camp

Between February and October 2011, more than 1 million people crossed into Tunisia to escape conflict in Libya. Most were migrant workers who made their way home or were repatriated, but the arrivals included refugees and asylum-seekers who could not return home or live freely in Tunisia.

UNHCR has been trying to find solutions for these people, most of whom ended up in the Choucha Transit Camp near Tunisia's border with Libya. Resettlement remains the most viable solution for those registered as refugees at Choucha before a cut-off date of December 1, 2011.

As of late April, 14 countries had accepted 2,349 refugees for resettlement, 1,331 of whom have since left Tunisia. The rest are expected to leave Choucha later this year. Most have gone to Australia, Norway and the United States. But there are a more than 2,600 refugees and almost 140 asylum-seekers still in the camp. UNHCR continues to advocate with resettlement countries to find solutions for them.

Resettlement from Tunisia's Choucha Camp

A Place to Call Home(Part 2): 1996 - 2003

This gallery highlights the history of UNHCR's efforts to help some of the world's most disenfranchised people to find a place called home, whether through repatriation, resettlement or local integration.

After decades of hospitality after World War II, as the global political climate changed and the number of people cared for by UNHCR swelled from around one million in 1951, to more than 27 million people in the mid-1990s, the welcome mat for refugees was largely withdrawn.

Voluntary repatriation has become both the preferred and only practical solution for today's refugees. In fact, the great majority of them choose to return to their former homes, though for those who cannot do so for various reasons, resettlement in countries like the United States and Australia, and local integration within regions where they first sought asylum, remain important options.

This gallery sees Rwandans returning home after the 1994 genocide; returnees to Kosovo receiving reintegration assistance; Guatemalans obtaining land titles in Mexico; and Afghans flocking home in 2003 after decades in exile.

A Place to Call Home(Part 2): 1996 - 2003

Out of Harm's Way in Romania

Peaceful days and a safe environment is probably more than these Palestinian and Sudanese refugees expected when they were stuck in a desert camp in Iraq. Now they are recovering at a special transit centre in the Romanian city of Timisoara while their applications for resettlement in a third country are processed.

Most people forced to flee their homes are escaping from violence or persecution, but some find themselves still in danger after arriving at their destination. UNHCR uses the centre in Romania to bring such people out of harm's way until they can be resettled.

The Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Timisoara was opened in 2008. Another one will be formally opened in Humenné, Slovakia, within the coming weeks. The ETC provides shelter and respite for up to six months, during which time the evacuees can prepare for a new life overseas. They can attend language courses and cultural orientation classes.

Out of Harm's Way in Romania

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A new life for refugees from Bhutan

They fled to Nepal from Bhutan amid ethnic tensions in the early 1990s. Now, many of the slightly more than 100,000 refugees have been offered the possibility of resettlement to another country.