EU-FRANK kickstarts pilot activities in Jordan 2019

During 2019 EU-FRANK plans to pilot a series of new approaches to resettlement in the MENA region, together with interested EU Member States and their operational partners

The project starts by inviting States and their operational partners to a kick off meeting on 12 February in Amman. Back to back with this meeting, on 13-14 February, the project will launch and evaluate a meeting concept highlighting the operational conditions for resettlement activities in a specific host country during a specific year. The first pilot meeting sheds the light on resettlement operations in Jordan in 2019.

An assessment of the operational conditions and current structures for planning and delivery of resettlement activities was carried out within the framework of the EU-FRANK project in Lebanon in 2017. It showed a variety of approaches and practices when MS execute resettlement missions. At the same time, most missions seemed to have similar needs for administrative or logistical support. Many ask the same questions and uses mostly the same premises and services. Similar observations have been made by EASO in the context of Turkey.

However, while many States face the same questions or works with similar logistical setups, there is no or little collaboration between States. Instead, each State planning to resettle out of a specific host country turn to their operational partners (primarily UNHCR, IOM or their embassies) to gain the knowledge and operational support that they need to conduct a successful mission. States that repeatedly send missions to the same host countries increase their experience and hence their chances to improve their processes. States that lack previous experience in resettlement from that specific host country on the contrary need to learn about what works well and what to avoid to reach a desired outcome.

EU-FRANK believes that increased contact between States can help them to improve their processes by learning from each other. Increased awareness of each other’s plans, and access to a network of colleagues active within the same context may increase the prospects of collaboration, with the ultimate goal to make resettlement activities easier to plan, less costly, and better aimed to reach their goals.

The project strives to explore whether increased State-State cooperation or coordination between States can lead to benefits such as increased quality, higher pace or lower costs in relation to resettlement activities. Throughout 2019 the project will explore opportunities and potential benefits in the following areas:

  • Joint activities (cooperation between missions, embedding staff into other states mission, share tasks or resources between states)
  • Digital information sharing (short message systems/chat groups, online platform for exchange of information, joint mission calendar/capacity calendar for specific locations)
  • Exchange and support between states (CO trainers network, joint meeting concepts, observations, buddy systems)

The meetings in February will provide opportunity to learn more about the pilot plans of EU-FRANK. They will also provide insight into other States’ plans, experiences, and needs, and could lead up to new insights or even new partnerships.

Click here for more information about this event, where you can also register your interest to participate. More details will be shared with registered participants closer to the meeting.

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Author: Gabriela Prado

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