Pre-Arrival Planning


Including local and regional actors and perspectives at all stages of the global resettlement process, including at the pre-arrival stage, builds a strong foundation for successful settlement and integration.

SHARE advocates linking the pre-departure and post-arrival stages of resettlement to support successful integration, through effective information-sharing, cooperation for pre-arrival planning, and strong multilevel governance arrangements.

SHARE focuses on innovation and best practice exchange in pre-departure Cultural Orientation, both for refugees due to be resettled and receiving local communities, and on supporting the development of effective national placement policies.

SHARE additionally promotes creative solutions for housing in refugee resettlement within the pre-arrival planning process, by drawing on existing European expertise to identify successful approaches to what is a centrally important factor in creating and maintaining local and national capacities to receive refugees.


PRE-DEPARTURE CULTURAL ORIENTATION is a crucially important aspect of resettlement, both for refugees due to be resettled and for the local actors and communities that will receive them. Click here to find out more about how SHARE brings together actors from across the resettlement process to exchange best practices for pre-departure cultural orientation.


NATIONAL PLACEMENT POLICIES are decided by countries participating in resettlement. Placement policies determine where on the national territory resettled refugees will be hosted, and the multi-level governance arrangements that will be used to facilitate this process. Cities and towns receiving refugees have differing capacities to meet specific needs, and effective placement ensures refugees are matched with communities that can on the one hand provide appropriate support and, on the other, enable newly arrived refugees to maximise their skills and contribute to the host community.

You can view and download SHARE resources on placement policies for resettlement used in different European countries, and find out more about how SHARE brings together national, regional and local actors to reflect on placement and multilevel governance policies and practice (both forthcoming).


HOUSING FOR REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT is a crucial part of pre-arrival planning, requiring strong multi-level cooperation. A lack of appropriate housing can affect countries' readiness to receive refugees. 

Follow the links to:

  • Learn how SHARE Integration builds housing and reception capacity and knowledge, in particular through cooperation amongst actors in new and emerging resettlement countries (forthcoming).
  • Find out about creative housing solutions and approaches for resettlement in the SHARE Good Practice Guide for Housing in Refugee Resettlement
  • View/download reports and presentations from the SHARE Network conferences on partnerships for housing and protection that guided the good practice publication's content, held in Lyon (June 2013) and Brussels (February 2014)