What is resettlement?

Resettlement is a solution for persons in need of international protection, who cannot return home and for whom local integration in a country of first asylum is not a feasible option. The resettlement process is administered by national governments, and is coordinated by the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

Resettlement refers to organized admission of third country nationals in need of international protection to the territory of EU MS or other states who agree to offer them protection. It is one of three durable solutions that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to implement, in cooperation with States, as derived from its Statue and set out in subsequent UN General Assembly Resolutions. The other two durable solutions are voluntary repatriation and local integration in a first country of asylum.

Resettlement is not a right, and there is no obligation on countries to accept refugees through resettlement. Even if their case is submitted to a resettlement country by UNHCR, whether individual refugees will ultimately be resettled depends on the admission criteria of the resettlement country.

EU-FRANK works closely with UNHCR, IOM and other partners that are central actors in administering resettlement. For more information about resettlement, please visit their websites.