Since 2012, ICMC Europe has led the SHARE Network, a platform gathering European local and regional authorities, as well as civil society organizations, which work together to promote the protection and integration of refugees in Europe. With its SHARE partners and members, ICMC develops and disseminates good practices in refugee reception, housing in European municipalities and integration within the community.
Political instability, human rights violations, and conflicts cause mass displacements for entire populations. According to official UN figures, in 2014 there were more than 16 million refugees worldwide. Having fled persecution or other serious rights violations, returning to their home country is not a safe option for them. In many cases, local integration in the country where they seek refuge is not possible either. In this context, resettlement is often the only viable solution.
Resettlement is defined as the selection and transfer of refugees from a State in which they have initially sought protection to a third State which has agreed to admit them on a permanent basis. Resettlement can serve as an important protection tool for refugees and as a form of international responsibility-sharing among States.