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SHARE City Exchange visit - Spanish delegation (24-26 September 2014)
On 24-26 September, in the framework of SHARE II, ICMC, the UK city of Sheffield and the NGO British Refugee Council welcomed a delegation of 11 Spanish participants to visit the local resettlement programme operating in the city since 2004. The visit formed part of the planning process of regional and local Spanish actors for the reception of 130 Syrian refugees due to arrive into Spain in December 2014.
Following an intensive advocacy campaign undertaken by the Refugee Council and partners, the UK government agreed to offer places to vulnerable refugees from Syria through a Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme. The Refugee Council, which shares the role of National Network Focal Point in the UK for the European Resettlement Network with Refugee Action, shares its experience of leading this campaign.
Report from ERN/SHARE Stakeholder Conference on the admission of Syrian refugees into France - city of Lyon, June 18 2014
On June 18 2014, in the city of Lyon, ERN National Network Focal Points and SHARE Network partners France Terre d'Asile and Forum Réfugiés co-organised and hosted a one-day meeting on the admission of Syrian refugees into France, attended by 25 participants drawn from national and international actors working on the programme. Follow the link to read a short summary of the conference and download the full conference report...
Third editon of the SHARE Network Magazine published!
The third edition of the SHARE Network Magazine is now available to read and download. Introduced with a foreword by Abdulkareem Abdulkareem, an Iraqi engineer resettled to the city of Munich in 2009, this edition includes an overview of plans for the SHARE Network in 2014-15 and the opportunities for you to get involved, news from SHARE Network partners and stakeholders in Sweden, Germany and France, and a special feature on 2 new SHARE peer exchange programmes. Follow the link to find out more...
Public appeal for scholarships for Syrian refugees
The German initative, 'Flüchtlingsstipendien.de', has launched an appeal calling for scholarships to enable young Syrian refugees in Syria's neighbouring countries to continue their higher education in Germany. More than 3,600 academics and other individuals from civil society have expressed their support for the appeal.
'Supporting reception, building integration & promoting independence' - SHARE expert seminar on volunteering for refugee integration (October 13-14, Maastricht)
We invite your or your organsiation's participation at a 2-day SHARE Expert Seminar on Volunteering for Refugee Integration, which will bring together approximately 25 expert participants on 13-14 October 2014 near Maastricht in the Netherlands, to exchange experiences and good practice, and look to define the keys to success of volunteering programmes, in order to define a benchmark for volunteering that will be to promote peer learning among cities and NGO partners in Europe.
SHARE II Pilot Project on Evaluating Local Resettlement in Europe - we need your help!
During 2014-15, SHARE II will develop and test an evaluation framework for local resettlement programmes in Europe. We want to ensure that the framework we produce is as useful and as accessible as possible for those working on refugee resettlement in Europe, and you can help! Follow the link to read more about the project and our partners and to complete our short (max. 5-10 minutes) online survey...
Extension of German Humanitarian Admission Programme - Reflections by the German National Network Focal Point
While applauding the commitment of the German government in providing HAP places, the Arbeiterwohlfahrt Bundesverband e.V. (AWO), a National Network Focal Point of the ERN, would advocate for further improvements to be made to the legal framework and to the practical implementation of the programme.
UNHCR URGES EUROPE TO DO MORE TO HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES
On Friday, 11 July 2014, UNHCR launched a new report, Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity. In it, UNHCR is calling for European nations to do more to help Syrian refugees who are trying in growing numbers to reach the safety of Europe.
20,000 signatures for 'Europe Act Now' petition for Syrian refugees
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) handed the 'Europe Act Now, Help Syria's Refugees' petition, endorsed by more than 100 NGOs, members of the European Parliament and 20,000 citizens, to the European Parliament.
After more than a year of hard work and thorough preparations on behalf of many national and international actors, 40 Iraqi refugees, comprising 22 adults and 18 children, were resettled from Turkey to Romania on 29 May 2014.
ICMC launches the SHARE Resettlement Ambassador Programme...
The SHARE Resettlement Ambassador Programme 2014-15 will enable up to 10 previously resettled refugees to act as Resettlement Ambassadors, promoting their city's resettlement achievements and advocating for more and better resettlement at the local, national and European levels. Follow the link to find out more about the programme and how you can get involved...
Reflections on a Recent Visit to Jordan by the Belgium National Network Focal Point
The National Network Focal Point for Belgium, Ewout Adriaens, participated in a two-day study visit to Jordan organized by Sweden, chair of the Core Group on Resettlement of Syrian Refugees, and UNHCR on 6-7 May 2014.
Stories from the field - Assessing refugees' eligibility for resettlement
Identifying and assessing refugees in need of resettlement is a crucial and challenging aspect of the resettlement process. A Resettlement Expert and a Best Interest Determination (BID) specialist from within the UNHCR-ICMC Deployment Scheme have shared their experiences in determining individual protection risks and specific needs of refugees in the Nyarugusu Camp, Tanzania and the Mai Aini camp, Ethiopia.
RESETTLEMENT IN PORTUGAL – PROSPECTS FOR A DURABLE SOLUTION
João Vasconcelos, ERN National Network Focal Point for Portugal, and Tânia Dias, who both work with the Portuguese Refugee Council (CPR), discuss the Portuguese resettlement programme and their own experience of working with resettled refugees in Portugal on the radio programme, “Sou refugiado” (“I’m a refugee”).
During February-March 2014, representatives of Caritas Friedland, Hildesheim and Osnabrück visited Lebanon to meet with organisations involved in case referral, selection and processing for refugees from Syria.
In January 2014, 30 Syrian refugees were welcomed to the city of Le Havre. Matthieu Tardis, Head of the Secretariat General at France Terre d’Asile, ERN National Network Focal Point and SHARE partner, reflects on the new French humanitarian admission programme for Syrian refugees and its long-term impact for French resettlement.
Q&A - UNHCR'S CALL FOR THE ADMISSION OF 100,000 SYRIAN REFUGEES IN 2015 AND 2016
Following UNHCR's call for States to make multi-annual commitments towards a goal of providing resettlement and other forms of admission for an additional 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 and 2016, this Q&A addresses the main questions related to this appeal.