What is SHARE?



Part of the European Resettlement Network (ERN), the SHARE Network promotes partnerships for refugee inclusion in local communities across Europe.

Established in March 2012 and led by ICMC Europe, the SHARE Network provides a platform for mutual exchange and learning amongst local and regional actors working on or considering resettlement, and advocates for more and better resettlement in Europe.

During 2018-19 we implemented the SHARE Integration project, a collaboration with 10 partners in 9 European countries to strengthen and support the work of those new actors - particularly  in smaller municipalities - involved in an expanded European resettlement programme that is on course to receive 50,000 people in need of protection to Europe by the end of 2019. Co-financed by the European Union under the AMIF, SHARE Integration respond to Europe’s expanded role in receiving refugees via refugee resettlement and complementary pathways, particularly private sponsorship, in which European municipalities are welcoming 50,000 resettled refugees from the Middle East and Africa. This largest joint EU resettlement to date is a tangible expression of solidarity and offering welcome to those most in need.

To date, the SHARE Network has engaged 3,000 stakeholders in 27 EU countries in dialogue, capacity-building and advocacy. SHARE Integration has expanded the network's focus to include smaller municipalities and local actors involved in community-based and private sponsorship. SHARE Integration has strengthened the capacity of these new actors by delivering tailored training, conducting research, developing and sharing innovative tools, and facilitating best practice exchange. SHARE Integration is implemented in parallel with the EU FRANK and Link-It projects, in which ICMC Europe is a partner.

Follow the links below to find out more about SHARE Network activities in 2018-19, SHARE achievements in 2012-16 and the key SHARE partnerships at the European and global level:



SHARE Integration is a dynamic 2-year programme of activities implemented at European, national and local level in 2018-19. SHARE Integration is implemented by ICMC Europe in association with 10 partner organisations based in 9 European countries.


21 European countries pledged to receive 50,000 resettled refugees during 2018-19, and 39,000 have now arrived. Refugees have arrives into European towns and cities, many of which were new to resettlement, and local actors and communities have played a central role in ensuring they are welcomed, supported and able to integrate into their new settings.

Governments increasingly place refugees across their national territories, resulting in more and more refugees now being settled in smaller cities and municipalities. Affordable housing may be more readily available in these localities, and the cost of living may be lower: however, small municipalities may not always have sufficient expertise or capacity to meet refugees’ specific needs.

In response, SHARE Integration strengthens the capacity of actors that are newly involved in welcoming refugees. It engaged approximately 300 smaller towns and municipalities in training, capacity-building and peer-exchange activities, carried out research on small and medium-size municipalities (less than 150,000 inhabitants) and mapped innovative partnerships for social inclusion.

Find out more about SHARE Integration in our SHARE Network Magazine, and subscribe to receive future issues as soon as they are published.


SHARE 2012-16

The SHARE Network was established in March 2012. It has since engaged over 3,000 actors in 27 European countries in its activities, and worked in partnership with other networks and initiatives to raise the profile of the local and regional dimension of refugee resettlement in the European and global contexts.

SHARE was launched by ICMC Europe and the 2012-14 lead SHARE city of Sheffield in the UK, with the flagship SHARE publication 'Welcome to Sheffield: Reflections on 8 years experience of receiving refugees at the local level'. The city of Sheffield and civil society partners in the UK resettlement programme hosted the SHARE City Exchange Visit Programme (2012-13), a series of 8 tailor-made peer exchange visits for delegations from towns and cities across Europe, implemented in partnership with EUROCITIES

To mark four years of SHARE Network implementation, the SHARE Network Conference of October 2015 brought together many of the actors and stakeholders involved in the network since it was established. Follow the link to read and download conference presentations.

The SHARE publication Building a Resettlement Network of European Cities and Regions- Experiences of the SHARE Network presents the activities, tools and resources of the SHARE Network, and the key policy reflections and recommendations drawn from the SHARE experience during 2012-15.



The SHARE Network is built on partnership, and works together with European and global networks, projects and initiatives toward a common goal of building the capacity and sustainability of refugee resettlement. SHARE raises the profile of the local and regional dimension of refugee resettlement and integration, ensuring regional and local actors have a voice and a presence within global resettlement processes.

SHARE Integration is implemented in parallel with the current Link-It and EU FRANK projects, in which ICMC Europe is a partner. SHARE also benefits from ICMC Europe's participation in the global Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) process, for example by facilitating the first ATCR Integration Working Group dedicated specifically to local settlement and integration.