Ad-hoc query on Resettlement Programmes
20 (Member) States provided information on their Resettlement Programmes. This query was launched by the UK National Contact Point.
In November 2015, the UK NCP launched two Ad-Hoc Queries to update knowledge on resettlement practices across EU Member States and Norway. 20 countries responded to the query (BE, BG, CZ, EE, FI, FR, DE, HU, IT, LV, LU, MT, NL, SI, SK, ES, SE, UK, HR, NO). The information collected help gain better insight into:
1. Resettlement programmes: While 4 countries have long running official resettlement programmes since the 1980's/1990's, 8 Member States have established programmes in the last 10 years, 2 have provided for ad hoc resettlement and 6 have no resettlement programmes running yet.
2. Refugee quotas: Resettlement quotas have increased for every country that has a programme since they began.
3. Selection criteria for resettling quota refugees: Resettling families or reuniting a family is the most common selection criteria across 7 Member States.
4. Pre-departure support: Cultural orientation seminars are predominantly proposed, although length and topics addressed vary.
5. Post-arrival integration support: While integration support is usually provided through mainstream services or general support to refugees, specific support for resettled refugees is offered in Finland.
6. Duration of the post-arrival support: While 11 countries determine a time limit ranging from 6 months to 4 years, most state it can be modified based on needs.
7. Key factors and barriers to successful integration: Factors that influence integration include inter alia language, employment, education, pre-arrival orientation, communication between state actors and local services.
Please read the detailed answers to the ad hoc query as well as the summary in attachment.