SHARE Network advocacy

 

The SHARE Network advocates for more and better refugee resettlement, and an increase in refugees offered protection via complementary pathways of admission (particularly private and community-based sponsorship).

In addition to research and capacity-building in support of SHARE-led advocacy, the SHARE Network and ICMC Europe work with partner organisations and networks from Europe and around the world to support effective advocacy for refugee protection at the European and global levels:

 

25 humanitarian organisations/NGOs urge EU leaders to “provide a lifeline” to Afghan refugees at the Forum on providing protection for Afghans at risk

Brussels, Belgium, 5 October 2021 — ICMC Europe/the SHARE Network and 25 humanitarian organisations and NGOs are jointly urging EU leaders to expand safe and legal pathways from Afghanistan and the region. The call reiterates recommendations outlined in a joint statement released on 16 September that called on the EU and its Member States to live up to their commitments to refugee protection and humanitarian leadership, and share responsibilities with countries neighbouring Afghanistan. The upcoming Forum on providing protection for Afghans at risk, planned for Thursday 7 October, provides a key chance for them to do so.

Click here to read the full press-release.

 

The EU cannot shirk its responsibilities towards Afghans in need of international protection

As humanitarian needs in Afghanistan continue to escalate, ICMC Europe and the SHARE Network together with 23 other NGOs are appealing to the EU to place protection at the centre of its response.

We are disappointed by the absence of leadership at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 31 August and Interior Ministers’ continued focus on preventing people from arriving in the EU, instead of providing pathways to protection. While the majority of Afghan refugees will seek safety in the region, the EU should be sharing, rather than shirking, the responsibility to offer them protection. Ahead of the Resettlement Forum currently planned for early October, we call on EU states to expand safe pathways for people in need of protection, including through an ambitious and additional resettlement programme for Afghan refugees and a flexible use of complementary pathways to safety.

Click here to read the full statement.

 

Current priorities for an EU response to the situation in Afghanistan

ICMC Europe and the SHARE Network join other European NGOs working on asylum and migration and Afghan Diaspora organisations in Europe which are alarmed about the situation in Afghanistan and concerned above all about the security of the people of Afghanistan, both those within the country and those displaced and seeking protection in the region and beyond. Together, we recommend the following five urgent responses for the EU and European countries:

  • Evacuation, resettlement and other safe routes to protection;
  • Humanitarian Assistance;
  • Security for people in Afghanistan;
  • Access to asylum in Europe;
  • Suspending deportations to Afghanistan.

Click here to read the full statement.

You can find more information on Resettlement of Afghan Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons on ICMC's website.

 

Time to Get Resettlement Moving!

ICMC Europe and the SHARE Network join a coalition of major civil society organisations to urge the EU and its member states to revive and scale up their refugee resettlement efforts ahead of a key opportunity to rally pledges, the EU Resettlement Forum, on 9th July.

“As COVID-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted across Europe, regions, municipalities, NGOs and volunteers are preparing to welcome refugees. Refugees have had to wait too long to rebuild their lives. Mobilising our local communities, we can all together add to the number of resettlement places. Let’s not lose the momentum!” Petra Hueck, Director of ICMC Europe / SHARE Network

The statement responds to accelerating need and slow progress on current resettlement commitments. Last year, refugee resettlement plummeted to the lowest levels in decades - largely due to COVID-related travel restrictions and the limited number of places made available by states worldwide. The EU’s member states (including the UK) resettled only 9,119 refugees in total - falling far short of their commitment to welcome almost 30,000 people through this route in 2020. 

With a new record of 1.47 million refugees expected to be in need of resettlement in 2022, the statement calls on the EU and its member states to revive the Union’s global leadership on resettlement, including by:

  • Meeting the 2020 target of resettling 30,000 refugees by the end of 2021.
  • Resettling at least 36,000 refugees in 2022 with a view to scaling this up further in the coming years.
  • Providing a long-term, predictable and protection-oriented framework for EU resettlement by urgently adopting the Union Resettlement and Humanitarian Admission Framework

Click here to read the full statement.

 

ICMC Europe, part of a coalition of European Christian organisations, publishes an analysis of the New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum

A coalition of nine Europe-wide Christian organizations, including ICMC Europe, has launched a series of position papers setting out their positions and concerns regarding the European Commission's proposals for a New Pact on Migration & Asylum.

The Christian organizations advocate for better responsibility-sharing between EU Member States and improved reception, protection, and integration of asylum-seekers while highlighting some concerns with the content of the proposal, including its the emphasis on returning migrants to their country of origin. 

Click here to read more.

 

SHARE responds to the new EU Action Plan for Integration

 
4 March 2020
 
ICMC Europe, together with a large and impactful group of humanitarian, human rights and civil society organisations, calls on the governments of European Union (EU) Member States to immediately commit to the emergency relocation of unaccompanied children from the Greek islands to other European countries, giving precedence to existing family links and the best interests of the child.
 
 

ICMC Europe joins NGOs calling on the EU and its Member States to demonstrate leadership at the Global Refugee Forum 2019 

One year after the adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees, the international community will gather in Geneva at the first Global Refugee Forum on 17-18 December 2019. 

On behalf of the SHARE Network, ICMC Europe joins European NGOs and civil society networks calling on the EU and its Member States to pledge 30,000 EU resettlement palces for 2020, and commit to continuous and significant increases in anual European resettlement thereafter.

An estimated 1.4 million refugees around the world are in need of resettlement, but in 2018 just 55,680 resettlement places were made available. Inaction is not an option.

Click here to read the full statement.

 

ICMC Europe co-signs NGO statement addressed to the co-negotiators of the proposed Asylum & Migration Fund for 2021-27

As European co-legislators resume their negotiations on the proposed Asylum & Migration Fund (AMF) for 2021-27, ICMC Europe today signs a joint statement by the European NGO Platform on Asylum and Migration (EPAM) calling for the Fund to provide humane, transparent and effective support for asylum, migration and integration in the EU. The Fund must:

  • Address vulnerability and ensure protection.
  • Safeguard policy coherence in non-EU countries.
  • Implement partnerships with civil society organisations (CSOs) in practice.
  • Ensure coordinated and significant resources for integration

On behalf of the SHARE Network, ICMC Europe particularly emphasises the joint statement’s call for the proposed Fund to ensure meaningful collaboration and partnership with CSOs and guarantee effective coordination and resourcing for integration across relevant EU funds. As evidenced by the experience of the SHARE Network, European CSOs and regional/local authorities have the capacity and desire to welcome refugees and third-country nationals settling in EU Member States and support their successful integration. It is incumbent upon the European institutions to ensure that EU funds recognise this central role, and enable these actors to make the fullest possible contribution to integration and inclusion across the EU.

Click here to read the full EPAM statement.

 

ICMC Europe joins civil society call to expand legal and safe complementary pathways to respond to international protection needs

30 November 2018 - ICMC Europe today joined 15 other civil society organisations and networks to call for an expansion of legal and safe complementary pathways in response to international protection needs.

The call is made in the context of the forthcoming adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees by the end of 2018 which, amongst other solutions, calls for a multi-stakeholder approach to involve a wide range of partners and stakeholders in expanding access to resettlement in third countries and other complementary pathways. Such pathways include enlarging the right to family reunification, expanding refugee scholarship programmes and private or community-based sponsorships, issuing humanitarian visas, and strengthening labour mobility schemes.

The 16 signatories call on states to expand access and facilitate procedures to implement complementary pathways as a fourth durable solution. Civil society - NGOs, universities, citizens, refugee communities, and private business - have already proved that new actors are willing and capable of addressing specific protection needs, and of complementing the international protection framework.

'Through the SHARE Working Group on Private Sponsorship we are documenting the many best practices for private sponsorship initiatives, which have already brought over 3,000 refugees to Europe’, says ICMC Europe's Petra Hueck ‘National governments tell us that their populations fear newcomers, but we do not see this at the local level. In many smaller municipalities, volunteers, churches and other local actors work jointly to welcome refugees. Private funding and new social networks have identified housing and sourced job offers, and local schools are happy to receive new pupils. Let’s SHARE this positive message!'