We are pleased to announce the launch of the European Resettlement Network’s next phase: led by IOM, ICMC and UNHCR, the project entitled ERN+ Developing Innovative European Models for the Protection of Refugees and Providing Support to New Resettlement Countries will explore complementary forms of admission for those in need of international protection and highlight the need for safe and legal ways to reach the EU. The Project is co-financed by the European Commission under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).
Building on the experience that the European Resettlement Network has gathered since 2010, the follow-up project ERN+ seeks to reflect the complementarity of these pathways with existing resettlement programmes and highlight the increased need to expand the European protection landscape. Three main forms of admission will be examined: community-based private sponsorship programmes, student scholarship arrangements, and other humanitarian admission schemes. Enhanced Family Reunification modalities will be examined as a cross-cutting dimension in private sponsorship as well as in programmes involving visas issued on humanitarian grounds (for protection-seeking purposes).
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 project will 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. The project will build upon the experiences and the lessons learned in order to identify opportunities for their incorporation as more permanent features of international protection in Europe.
Along with the thematic re-orientation, ERN+ will provide a more contemporary online experience: www.resettlement.eu will soon have an updated layout, offering easy-to-navigate functionality, a content-rich site experience reflecting the new content, and optimised service for mobile devices and tablets.
A Twitter account will also be launched in order to better communicate our activities, and specific website content will provide in-depth information on the three forms of admission. The monthly news digest and quarterly newsletter will also be continued.
We take this opportunity to invite you to stay tuned for further updates.