The European Resettlement Network has the honour to invite you to its first webinar on complementary pathways of refugee admission to Europe on 23 February 2017, 15h - 17h CET. This webinar will focus on private sponsorship of refugees as one such pathway of safe and legal migration.
Under private sponsorship programmes, legal access for refugees is facilitated through formal commitments of financial, social and/or emotional support by private stakeholders. Such programmes therefore play an important role in bringing a whole-of-society approach to the protection and integration of refugees by harnessing the support and engagement of individuals (often with family links to the sponsored person), community organisations, faith-based groups, sponsor groups linked to charities, private companies and NGOs.
While to date, the Canadian model of private sponsorship is the most prominent and successful of such programmes, several concrete initiatives have been implemented as pilot programmes across Europe. These differ significantly in their scope, actors involved and status afforded to beneficiaries, as well as the legal regulations, safeguards and responsibilities for stakeholders involved.
The aim of this webinar is therefore to assess the state of play of sponsorship programmes in Europe with a view to exploring ways to further build capacity of potential stakeholders. Using the Canadian experience as an example, the panellists will address key questions and challenges of both the Canadian and European initiatives of private sponsorship of refugees.
Participants are invited to share their own experiences, as well as submit written questions to the experts and organisers before the webinar via email. During the webinar, further written questions will be accepted.
A more detailed concept note, details on the expert panellists and practical information will be provided in the coming days. In the meantime, please register your interest in participation with here.