European Resettlement Network+
The European Resettlement Network is an inclusive network that supports the development of resettlement in Europe by connecting a variety of actors involved in refugee resettlement. Network members have a shared commitment to refugee resettlement and refugee protection, to ensuring the provision of durable solutions for refugees, and to ensuring refugees resettled to Europe receive integration support that provides them with the tools to become fully participating citizens.
The EU Resettlement Network provides a platform to exchange information and expertise on resettlement priorities, processes and practices. It offers support, resources and solutions to actors seeking to start, expand or improve resettlement programmes
In 2016, ICMC, UNHCR and IOM launched the follow-up project ERN+, fully entitled “Developing Innovative European Models for the Protection of Refugees and Providing Support to New Resettlement Countries”. ERN+ explores complementary forms of admission for those in need of international protection and highlight the need for safe and legal ways to reach the EU.
Building on the experience gathered within the European Resettlement Network since 2009, the ERN+ seeks to reflect the complementarity of these pathways with existing resettlement programmes and highlight the increased need to expand the European protection landscape.
The project examines three main forms of admission: community-based private sponsorship programmes, student scholarship arrangements, and humanitarian visas as a tool for humanitarian admission. Enhanced Family Reunification modalities are examined as a cross-cutting dimension in private sponsorship as well as humanitarian visa programmes.
Using the established structure of the ERN to communicate and inform on such pathways of admission, the project aims to bring together national, regional and local government, international organisations, civil society, think tanks, academia and diaspora.
Through a series of webinars, targeted roundtables and focused feasibility studies, the partners seek to identify possibilities for the implementation of pilot projects in selected European countries, while also further expanding the ERN community of practitioners and stakeholders, providing support to new and emerging Resettlement Countries. This support is provided since 2009 under the framework of the European Resettlement Network.
Building upon the experiences and the lessons learned, the partners propose to come up with founded recommendations and opportunities for incorporation of these pathways of admission as more permanent features of international protection in Europe.
For more info, have a look at the ERN+ website