On 1-2 July, EU-FRANK took part in the global consultations on resettlement (ATCR) held yearly in Geneva. Contributing to the Three Year Strategy set up by UNHCR to enhance resettlement and complementary pathways, we shared our experiences around capacity building and asked how study visits and exchange can be supported in the longer run, beyond ad hoc projects.
The ATCR focused largely on the recently launched Three Year Strategy on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways that has been developed by UNHCR in consultations with many of its partners and stakeholders. The Strategy descends from the Global Compact on Refugees that was affirmed by the United Nations in December 2018, and sets an ambitious goal of increasing resettlement to 1 million places, and complementary pathways to 2 million places, in the years to come. To realize this, UNHCR calls for a broadened base of countries engaged in resettlement and complementary pathways, hoping from an increase from today’s 29 to 50 by year 2028.
Upon invitation by UNHCR, EU-FRANK engaged in a session on capacity building together with the EURITA project run by the International Rescue Committee, UNHCR Argentina and the government of Brazil. Although coming from different perspectives and representing the roles of governments, local communities as well as UNHCR, the panelists all emphasized the importance of bringing people together, at different levels and within different settings, to learn from practical experiences.
As was pointed out by High Commissioner Filippo Grandi in his opening speech: “History shows that resettlement is particularly powerful when it is the result of international cooperation.” EU-FRANK was proud to announce that so far more than 100 practitioners from nearly 30 countries have been brought together to learn and engage with each other under the umbrella of the project. The challenge is how to make the interaction and exchange mechanisms sustainable and able to live on beyond temporary support mechanism and projects, and create pre-requisites for continuous harvesting of commitment, expertise and resources that can help realize the goal of the Strategy and bring protection to more persons in need.
Author: Gabriela Prado
Last modified: 2019-07-08