A further joint IOM, UNHCR and ICMC project: Linking in EU resettlement
Staff Contact:Petra Hueck
Building upon the results and achievements of the previous ‘Practical Cooperation in EU Resettlement’ project, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and ICMC have commenced a new follow-up project intended to promote refugee resettlement in Europe by strengthening the engagement and capacity of European Union Member States.
The new project “Linking in EU Resettlement” is financed by the European Commission and jointly implemented by ICMC, IOM and UNHCR. Participating countries encompass experienced, emerging and potential resettlement countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The emphasis of the activities in the new project will shift from cooperation in the selection and travel phases of resettlement to the reception and integration phases at the local level, with the overall objective of strengthening the capacity of local actors to facilitate the integration of resettled refugees. Building on the successful cooperation and knowledge-sharing developed under the previous project, the new project will extend networks, develop new partnerships and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practice between international organisations, governmental institutions, civil society and municipalities.
The project will adopt a number of innovative and participatory approaches, including showcasing reception and integration practices at the first EU Resettlement Skills Share Day (April-May 2012), and facilitating a series of pilot activities in areas such as higher education, housing, and engaging private businesses and host communities in resettlement. A number of awareness-raising and training events on specific topics including resettlement planning, reception and integration practices and the role of cities in integration will also be held, and the development of a central resettlement website will further ensure the effective and sustainable dissemination of resettlement expertise across participating countries.
To read the "Linking In Newsletters" and the "Linking In Project Overview" please see the pdfs below.