Today in Geneva, UNHCR launched the annual Projected Global Resettlement Needs publication and the new Three-Year Strategy on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways. Read on to find out how the SHARE Network is supporting this ambitious new global vision to expand third country solutions for refugees...
Today at the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) in Geneva, UNHCR launched its annual 'Projected Global Resettlement Needs' publication, setting out global resettlement needs and priorities for 2020.
Just over 1.4 million persons living in both protracted and more recent refugee situations in 60 countries are in need of resettlement. Although there has been a growth in the range and type of actors implementing resettlement and other third country admission programmes, the Projected Needs document also notes that less than 7% of the 1.2 million persons in need of resettlement in 2018 were able to access a third country solution.
Recognising the urgent need to expand third country solutions for refugees, the December 2018 Global Compact on Refugees envisaged a global strategy to increase the number of resettlement places, expand the number of resettlement countries and improve the availability and predictability of complementary pathways of admission for refugees. The Three Year Strategy (2019-2021) on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways, also launched today, provides for the first time a global framework to expand and improve third country solutions for refugees, and so express real and tangible solidarity with the low and middle-income countries that together host 85% of the world's refugees.
The SHARE Network welcomes the launch of the three-year strategy, and notes the increasingly important contribution of European countries to addressing global resettlement needs. Continuing this contribution, and delivering on the vision of the three-year strategy, requires inputs from all actors - including cities, towns and local citizens, many of whom have playing a foundational role in the success of the current European effort to receive 50,000 refugees during 2017-19.
SHARE also welcomes the strong focus on expanding Complementary Pathways of Admission for refugees in the three-year strategy, and in particular the potential of community sponsorship initiatives to engage new actors in receiving and supporting refugees. As Bishop Paul of the UK Diocese of Durham noted in his ATCR intervention, 'the act of welcoming has drawn mosques, synagogues, churches, schools, charities and councils into relationships...(and) relationships have also been forged between civil servants, faith leaders and activists.'
Noting the potential positive impacts of community sponsorship for practice in mainstream asylum systems, Bishop Paul highlighted how 'in the UK, we are exploring whether the co-design approach initiated around Community Sponsorship can be applied to parts of the asylum system. What we ask might a new accompaniment system for asylum seekers from day one of claim look like if done in partnership with faith communities and wider civil society?'.
The SHARE Network congratulates all those European countries, communities and citizens who have received refugees and supported their integration and inclusion in the context of this programme, and stands ready to continue its work in support of the aims of the three-year strategy.
To find out more about how the SHARE Network supports this ambitious new global vision to expand third country solutions for refugees, download our new factsheet'Scaling up Refugee Resettlement Across Territories'. To learn more about the SHARE's work to support meaningful refugee participation in resettlement, integration and inclusion policymaking and practice, download the SHARE Network presentation given during the ATCR programme.