UNHCR RESETTLEMENT SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

UNHCR resettlement activities are a means of providing international protection and appropriate durable solutions to refugees.  Refugees are identified as in need of resettlement when they are at risk in their country of refuge or have particular needs or vulnerabilities as identified by the categories listed below. Refugees without immediate protection risks are also identified in need of resettlement if this durable solution has been determined to be the most appropriate solution for them as part of a complete needs assessment.

The idea of integration potential does not influence the selection and promotion of resettlement cases.  For example, educational levels or other factors which may help in a refugee?s integration into a new country are not determining factors in the submission of resettlement cases.  Similarly, resettlement is not pursued because individual refugees have become a burden, because of their behaviour, or solely in response to action undertaken by refugees to draw attention to their demands- for example, aggressive action or behaviour directed towards UNHCR staff or hunger strikes.    While such individuals may have concerns which need to be heard and require an appropriate response, it is the merits of their case which determine if resettlement should be considered.

Resettlement is not promoted merely for reasons of pity for a refugee?s plight, because of the individual?s impressive qualifications or previous professional status, or as a reward for a ?deserving? individual.

To have their case submitted to a resettlement country by UNHCR, refugees must meet the requirements for submission under one or more of the resettlement submission categories below.

 

• Legal and/or Physical Protection Needs

Resettlement is a tool for guaranteeing the legal and physical protection of refugees.  Resettlement may offer the only means to protect basic human rights and to guarantee protection when refugees are faced with threats which seriously threaten their continued stay in a country of refuge.

The legal and/or physical protection needs of refugees may differ depending on personal characteristics of the individual concerned, such as their sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identify, ethnicity or other characteristics.

For resettlement submission under this category, a refugee?s situation must meet one or more of the following conditions:

? Immediate or long-term threat of refoulement to the country of origin or expulsion to another country from where the refugee may be refouled;

? Threat of arbitrary arrest, detention or imprisonment;

? Threat to physical safety or fundamental human rights in the country of refuge, making their protection under asylum there basically impossible to guarantee.

 

• Survivors of Torture and/or Violence

Refugees who have survived torture or violence may have specific needs that support resettlement consideration because the trauma they have endured may have a serious negative affect on their mental and physical well-being.  The situation in the country of asylum may not be favourable for providing effective, much needed assistance to the refugee (due to, for example, the inaccessibility of appropriate health care, counselling services or stability) and may actually make the impact of the trauma worse.  The specific form of torture or violence inflicted upon the refugee may also vary depending on age, sex, and particular vulnerability.

A refugee submitted for resettlement under this category:

? Has experienced torture and/or violence either in the country of origin or the country of asylum; and

? May have continuing physical or psychological effects from the torture or violence, although there may be no apparent physical signs or symptoms; and

? Could fact further traumatization and/or heightened risk due to the conditions of asylum or repatriation; and

? May require medical or psychological care, support or counselling not available in the country of asylum; and

? Requires resettlement to meet their specific needs.

 

Medical Needs

The resettlement of persons with medial needs is challenging, and resettlement opportunities are limited.

Persons considered by UNHCR for resettlement on these grounds are assessed individually, taking into account both the medical facts of the case and compelling humanitarian considerations.

A refugee submitted for resettlement under this category must meet specific conditions in terms of their diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and informed consent.

 

• Women and Girls at Risk

After identification, women and girls at risk require a response to their immediate protection needs, followed by an assessment of their longer-term protection needs.

Resettlement is not necessarily the most appropriate solution to all cases of refugee women and girls facing particular protection problems related to their gender. 

Resettlement submission of refugee women and girls under this category is considered when:

-   She faces unreliable security and physical protection threats as a result of her gender;

-   She has specific needs arising from past persecution and/or traumatization;

-   She faces situations of severe hardship resulting in exposure to exploitation and abuse, making her protection in her asylum country basically impossible to guarantee;

-   There has been a change in the country of asylum that places the refugee woman or girl at particular risk, and making their protection under asylum there basically impossible to guarantee.

 

• Family Reunification

When refugees flee their country of origin, family members are frequently left behind or scattered during flight.  In some cases, refugee families are separated when a family member has not been able to accompany the rest of her/his family to a country of resettlement.

Family separation leads to hardship and sometimes has tragic consequences.  It may also create serious obstacles to a refugee?s integration in a new country, and the realization of family unity is considered an important aspect of all durable solutions.

A refugee submitted for resettlement under this category must meet all of the following conditions:

-    At least one person within the family unit to be reunited is a refugee under the UNHCR mandate or a person of concern to UNHCR; and

-    The individuals to be reunited are family members under UNHCR?s inclusive definition; and

-    The individuals are reuniting with a member of the family already in a resettlement country; and

-    The availability and accessibility of other family reunification or migration options has been reviewed and the submission of a resettlement case has been determined to be the most appropriate option given the resettlement needs and protection needs of the family member.

 

• Children and Adolescents at Risk

Children at risk have legal and physical protection needs, may be survivors of violence and torture, and may be submitted for resettlement to facilitate family reunification.  Girls at risk may also be submitted under the Women and Girls at Risk category.

However, Children and Adolescents at Risk remains a separate resettlement submission category to highlight the specific protection needs of refugee children and adolescents at risk, and to ensure that they receive priority processing. 

A child and adolescent submitted for resettlement under this category:

-    Is under 18 years of age;

-    May or may not be an unaccompanied or separated child;

-    Has compelling protection needs which are not addressed in the country of asylum and resettlement has been determined to be the most appropriate solution.

 

• Lack of Foreseeable Alternative Durable Solutions

This submission category focuses on refugees who do not require resettlement for immediate protection needs, but who require an end to their refugee situation ? a durable solution.  These refugees are unable to return home in the foreseeable future, and have no opportunity to establish themselves in their country of refuge.  In many cases, these refugees are in protracted refugee situations.

Most resettlement submissions under this category (previously called ?refugees without local integration prospects?) are in coordination with national or regional strategies to address the needs of specific refugee groups.  However, individual cases may also be submitted under this category.

The submission of groups of refugees under this category requires prior consultation with the Resettlement Service at UNHCR Headquarters, as well as resettlement States.  When assessing a group or an individual case for resettlement under this category the preconditions and the indicators relating to the legal protection and durable solutions, conditions of asylum, the socio-economic situation, and the individual?s psychological situation is carefully considered.

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