In many European cities it is becoming increasingly difficult to find housing for migrants, asylum seekers and other vulnerable and low-income groups. For humanitarian programs involving the resettlement of refugees from the country of first asylum to a European one, the lack of appropriate housing is affecting the country’s readiness to receive refugees. With increasing numbers of migrants in need of protection, there is a strong need for many more European partners to offer safe haven.
In order to inspire creative solutions and new initiatives in housing for refugee resettlement, ICMC Europe and the North West Gateway Resettlement Partnership of the UK announce the publication of ‘A Place to Live, a Place to Stay: A Good Practice Guide for Housing in Refugee Resettlement’. The publication is produced in the framework of the SHARE Network, an ICMC-led initiative to build a network of European regions, cities and their civil society partners involved in and/or with a commitment to refugee resettlement, integration and protection.
The report explores how European municipalities can plan resettlement programs. Based on the outcomes of comparative research and consultation with partners and stakeholders of the SHARE Network in nine European countries, and with input from the 34 practitioners and policymakers of the SHARE Housing Expert Group, the publication provides a comparative overview of housing for refugee resettlement in Europe, identifying good practices and makes policy recommendations.
The scope of the research and the resulting publication reflect the crucial role of housing in both initial reception and long-term integration, and the importance of local communities in helping the migrants integrate in the new society. It also highlights the value of partnerships – at local, regional and national levels, and between public authorities, political representatives, civil society organisations and local citizens – in underpinning sustainable and good quality resettlement programs, including for housing.
Experiences in the SHARE to date have demonstrated the need for practical tools and opportunities for exchange, of the kind the SHARE Network facilitates, to grow and strengthen the capacity of European regional and local resettlement.
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