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Resettlement, local integration and voluntary repatriation are the three durable solutions that UNHCR strives to achieve.

Resettlement is a transfer of refugees from the country in which they have applied for asylum (for example,Ukraine), to another country which ultimately accepts them for permanent settlement.

Resettlement is a life-changing experience that is both challenging and rewarding. Often, refugees are resettled in countries with social structures, languages, and cultures that are completely different from those they are familiar with. However, with support and assistance from the host government and its non-governmental organization partners, resettled refugees are gradually integrated into their new home countries.

Once resettled in their new country, refugees are entitled to civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights similar to those enjoyed by the host-country citizens. Refugees are usually provided with support and assistance that helps to facilitate their effective transition and integration into their new country, such as:

      •   cultural orientations;

      •   language and vocational training;

      •   opportunities for continuing their education and professional development;

      •   employment placement services.

In addition, resettled refugees are usually given the opportunity to apply for and obtain citizenship of their new resettlement country.

Resettlement is not the right of a refugee. UNHCR does not have the authority and is not responsible for deciding who may or may not be resettled.

Notably, UNHCR evaluates the three durable solutions for refugees. It then identifies potential cases for resettlement and prepares the documentation for consideration of potential resettlement to other countries.

UNHCR cannot influence the decisions of potential resettlement countries in any way

For those seeking resettlement, please note that repeated visits and/or calls to UNHCR will NOT facilitate expedited resettlement identification, resettlement processing, or the physical resettlement to the host country. It is a lengthy process that involves many different actors and phases. For this reason, unsolicited visits and calls to UNHCR are DISCOURAGED

Who can be resettled?

Persons who have:

      •   applied for asylum in Ukraineand are registered with a UNHCR implementing partner organization for at least 18 months;

      •   received a positive Refugee Status Determination (RSD) by UNHCR;

      •   received advice that their cases fall under one or more of the resettlement categories.

      •   ongoing cooperation processes with Ukrainian authorities and UNHCR (this include UNHCR implementing partners). 

Please note tha people who invalidate their asylum procedures, for example, by not appealing a negative decision in a timely manner with valid reasons (such as hospitalization) will not be considered for resettlement.

      •   not crossed or tried to cross theUkraine border. illegally.

However, exceptions may be made to the last two criteria under certain circumstances. Please take note that recognized refugees in Ukraine are only assessed for resettlement on an exceptional basis.


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Further information about resettlement can be found in UNHCR Kyiv resettlement leaflet (you can read more in ArabicEnglishFarsiFrench, and Russian) and UNHCR Resettlement Handbook.