Resettlement

RESETTLEMENT

Resettlement is the relocation through approved legal routes for recognised refugees from a country in which they have claimed asylum, to a third country (i.e. the UK) with the purpose of permanent settlement.

INTRODUCTION TO RESETTLEMENT

SESPM coordinates strategic engagement and the regional delivery of resettlement programmes. SESPM works closely with the Home Office and local authorities around ensuring the long-term success of resettlement in the region and the integration of the resettled families into their new communities.
We work with key government departments, local authorities and civil society in delivering the regions engagement and support of these schemes.

Data:
You can find the latest resettlement data on our data dashboard (LINK TO THAT) which is updated quarterly.
There are also immigration statistics released quarterly by the Home Office. This can be found here.

A new process for emergency resettlement will also be developed, allowing the UK to respond quickly to instances of heightened protection need, providing a faster route to protection where lives are at risk. Click here to access the full Ministerial written statement and here to access the Government’s press statement. 

RESETTLEMENT SCHEMES

Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS)

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) provides a safe and legal way for some of the most vulnerable and at-risk people from Afghanistan to come to the United Kingdom and rebuild their lives.

Pathway 1

Under Pathway 1, vulnerable and at-risk individuals who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme have been the first to be settled under the ACRS.

Eligible people who were notified by the UK government that they had been called forward with assurance of evacuation, but were not able to board flights, and do not hold leave in a country considered safe by the UK, are also eligible under Pathway 1.

Pathway 2

Under Pathway 2, we are now able to receive referrals from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) of vulnerable refugees who have fled Afghanistan for resettlement to the UK.

UNHCR has the global mandate to provide international protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees. UNHCR will refer individuals in accordance with their standard resettlement submission criteria, which are based on an assessment of protection needs and vulnerabilities.

Pathway 3

Pathway 3 was designed to offer a route to resettlement for those at risk who supported the UK and international community effort in Afghanistan, as well as those who are particularly vulnerable, such as women and girls at risk and members of minority groups.

In the first stage of this pathway, the government is considering eligible, at-risk people for resettlement from 3 groups:

  • British Council contractors
  • GardaWorld contractors
  • Chevening alumni

There are 1,500 places available in the first stage under Pathway 3. This number includes the principal applicants and their eligible family members.

Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP)

The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) is for Afghan citizens who worked for or with the UK government in Afghanistan in exposed or meaningful roles and may include an offer of relocation to the UK for those deemed eligible by the Ministry of Defence and who are deemed suitable for relocation by the Home Office.

UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS)

The UKRS (UK Resettlement Scheme) resettles those who have fled from regions of conflict and instability. The scheme maintains the UK’s ongoing commitment to refugee resettlement, which continues to be an important part of the UK’s humanitarian response.

Under the UKRS, the UK will continue to offer a safe and legal route to vulnerable refugees in need of protection.

RESETTLEMENT RESOURCES

The government has developed a welcome guide for new refugees coming to the UK. It includes key information about life in the UK. There are also more localised versions for most local authorities.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has launched a UK resettlement online hub which contains a variety of welcome resources for councils to use with new arrivals.

The Local Government Association has developed multiple resources to support councils with resettled refugees, including resettlement support guides and research on resettled refugees.

Community groups can directly support resettlement by helping a refugee family, including with finding housing, practicing English, and getting to know the local area. This is called community sponsorship. You can find out more about community sponsorship on the RESET website.

Further information

In addition to the local authority-led model for refugee resettlement, SESPM is assisting in providing information and raising awareness about the Community Sponsorship modelFull community sponsorship is a way that community groups can be involved in supporting the resettlement of vulnerable people fleeing conflict. SESPM works alongside RESET,  a new charity partnering with leading refugee, faith and community charities to promote community sponsorship across the UK.

A new process for emergency resettlement will also be developed, allowing the UK to respond quickly to instances of heightened protection need, providing a faster route to protection where lives are at risk. Click here to access the full Ministerial written statement and here to access the Government’s press statement. 

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