Quality Sponsorship Network



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Short description of the project

The SHARE QSN project, implemented from January 2021 to June 2023 and co-funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), supports pilot and ad-hoc sponsorship initiatives develop into sustainable, community-driven programmes, bringing together a consortium of actors in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the UK who are all experienced in refugee integration and are currently carrying out private sponsorship programmes in their national contexts.

The project uses a multi-stakeholder, grassroots and bottom-up strategy fostering refugee participation, bringing all grassroots sponsorship stakeholders and the lessons they are learning to the EU level. The project is in close alliance with UNHCR’s Three Year Strategy on resettlement and complementary pathways as well as the EU’s Action Plan on Inclusion and Integration.


Our objectives


To build up and strengthen the sponsorships stakeholder community by exchanging practices and information at EU level;



To ensure quality and sustained engagement, support and recognition of volunteer sponsoring groups ensuring refugee participation and feed-back;



To broaden the sponsorship base by engaging a wider spectrum of new actors in welcoming refugees through sponsorship, and by expanding programmes across national territories.





Our partnership

The project is implemented in seven countries where pilot and ad-hoc sponsorship initiatives are currently being implemented, including Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.




Coordinated by ICMC Europe’s SHARE Network, the action is conducted in partnership with the Basque Government (ES), Caritas International (BE), Consorzio Communitas (IT), the Féderation de l’Entraide Protestante (FR), DiCV Cologne (DE), the Irish Refugee Council (IE), and Citizens UK (UK).






Our activities


  • EU best practice exchange, national roundtables, trainings and capacity building of sponsors





  • Monitoring and evaluation of local volunteer groups in partner countries including refugee feedback sessions





  • Awareness raising and local activities with grassroots sponsors and refugees which build leadership and inspire other actors to get involved;





  • International best practice exchange workshops on various topics: evaluation and monitoring of sponsorships, inter-faith cooperation, regions and cities as sponsors, university and labour mobility sponsorship programmes, pre-departure cultural orientation and matching, and financial models and private sector/ philanthropy engagement





  • European Sponsorship Ceremony gathering grassroots stakeholders from across Europe to celebrate the unique contributions of local communities, volunteers and refugees.




For more information on the SHARE QSN Project, please contact Gabriela Agatiello, Senior Policy and Project Officer, at