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The first in the SHARE Expert Webinar series on 'Recognising & Responding to Trauma Amongst Refugee Populations' took place on 28th January 2015, with expert speakers from Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and IOM Geneva, and attended by 22 participants from 14 European countries. Follow the link to view the full webinar recording, download copies of presentations and access key resources...
Volunteering for Refugee Resettlement - report from the 'SHARING through Mentoring' visit to Limburg (4-5 February 2015)
On 4-5 February 2015, in the framework of the SHARE Network's 'SHARING through Mentoring' programme, a delegation from the Finnish city of Tampere travelled to the Dutch municipalities of Sittard Geleen and Maastricht to learn about the volunteering programmes of VluchtelingenWerk (Dutch Council for Refugees) Limburg.
Kruibeke: award-winning welcome in a Belgian municipality…
The municipality of Kruibeke in the Belgian province of East Flanders has received the ‘Welcoming Community of 2014’ award (Gastvrije Gemeente Award) in recognition of its efforts to welcome asylum seekers and refugees. The Welcoming Community Award is an initiative of the Flemish Refugee Council (VluchtelingenWerk Vlaanderen), which seeks to recognise local communities that contribute to the welcome integration of those seeking protection in Flanders and Brussels.
Joint NGO Letter Calls on EU Member States to increase pledges for refugees fleeing Syria
In a joint open letter, Amnesty International, CCME, ECRE, ICMC, IRC, JRS, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children call on EU Member States to pledge to receive more refugees from Syria at UNHCR's ministerial-level pledging conference on 9 December 2014 in Geneva.
UNHCR PLEDGING CONFERENCE ON RESETTLEMENT AND OTHER FORMS OF ADMISSION FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES, 9 DECEMBER 2014
On 9 December 2014, UNHCR will convene a ministerial-level pledging conference on resettlement and other forms of admission for Syrian Refugees in Geneva, which will provide States with the opportunity to make further commitments to meet the growing needs of Syrian refugees.
European Resettlement - Consolidation and new protection opportunities
On 20-21 November 2014, in the framework of the European Resettlement Network, 90 representatives from International Organisations, European Institutions, national, regional and local governments, NGOs, previously resettled refugees and other civil society representatives came together for a 1.5 day conference in Brussels. ICMC, IOM and UNHCR would like to thank all the participants for two inspiring days of discussion, networking and exchange of experience on past achievements and future EU resettlement objectives and priorities.
Full Report from SHARE Expert Seminar on Volunteering has been published!
On October 13-14 2014 in Maastricht, SHARE convened a 1.5-day expert seminar on volunteering in refugee resettlement. A full conference report has now been published: including presentations of all volunteer expert speakers, volunteer resources and a short report on the conclusions of the conference. Follow this link to download the full report of the SHARE Volunteer Expert seminar.
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.
JRS-PORTUGAL WELCOMES 14 REFUGEES UNDER THE “SEEDS OF HOPE” PROJECT
In 2014, JRS-Portugal welcomed 14 refugees, including five children, from various countries under the Portuguese resettlement programme co-financed by the European Refugee Fund. In consideration of the message it seeks to communicate, the project was named “Seeds of Hope” owing to its social and humanitarian dimension.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.