Concept of resettlement


How to resettle a refugee!

⚠️ Misunderstanding this topic sometimes leads to the loss of some families

🔴 First: Resettlement is one of the permanent solutions provided by the High Commissioner for Refugees to refugees in a second country (not the country of origin) to transfer them to a third country (one of the developed countries such as America - Canada, Britain - Germany - Australia ... etc.), but this solution applies On a small category of refugees as a result of the large number of refugees and the inability or unwillingness of the host countries to receive large numbers.

Second: Is everyone entitled to apply  

The High Commissioner sets specific criteria for this subject and considers that humanitarian cases are the cases that must obtain this service, such as cases of women without breadwinners with a number of children with problems they face, or sick cases that need medical care in a developed country and other criteria

⚠️ Before starting, please note that the article is translated from the UNHCR website - Resettlement Handbook.

🔵 Resettlement: It is one of the permanent solutions provided by the High Commissioner for Refugees, to refugees who have obtained recognition of their asylum by the Commission as the official sponsor and sponsor of refugees around the world, where the refugee is transferred from the second country to the third country (the country of origin of the refugee is the first country )

🔵 UNHCR often sends refugees who are accepted to countries such as Canada, Britain, the United States of America, Australia, Sweden and others, but there are special conditions and specific criteria that must apply to the refugee in order to be accepted and entered into the resettlement program, which are humanitarian criteria (which is your way For UNHCR to accept you to be entered into the resettlement program) which are as follows:

🔘 1- Women in danger: It means that there is a woman under constant danger in the second country (such as Egypt - Lebanon - Jordan - Turkey - Iraq...) and it is difficult to provide protection for her within the same country. For example: A woman without a breadwinner (losing her husband) with children and no first degree male relatives in the same country (father - brother) and facing various problems, she is considered a woman at risk and is considered one of the cases that can be resettled.

🔘 2- Children at risk: It is a large standard and includes many cases, for example: children suffering from obvious psychological problems due to the war (permanent nightmares - phobias - involuntary urination - hair loss that leads to baldness...) or children who work to support their families and do not go at all For schools, or children who were sexually assaulted in the second country, for example, and many other cases. This criterion is one of the strong criteria for resettlement, and Britain in particular is considered one of the countries that receive families with similar cases.

🔘3- Victims of detention or torture or those who have been injured due to the war in their country, for example: a man who was arrested in Syria (regardless of the arrested party) for more than 6 months, or a family member who was tortured in his country of origin or in the second country (regardless of Regardless of the party that practiced torture), or if a family member suffered a physical injury because of the war in his country that caused him a clear physical impact, especially if it caused him a health problem that needed treatment.

4- Medical cases: the presence of a major medical problem in a family member (father, mother, or any of the children), and the lack of treatment in the second country accompanies the risk of death or the risk of losing one of the vital bodily functions if this health condition is not treated (loss of sight, hearing, or the loss of a limb), then only can the case be considered a case of resettlement, especially if the medical situation is for a child, and medical cases are considered among the cases in which the procedures are expedited.

5- Security and protection problems: If the family in the second country faces problems, threats and repeated attacks from specific people, or the family is exposed to continuous problems for a specific reason, and the inability to avoid this danger, then the family is transferred for resettlement.

🔘 6- The danger arising from the difference: that the person (a man or a woman) has entered into problems because of changing his religion, or because of his atheism, or because he is heterosexual (that is, he is gay or bi), then he is transferred to resettlement on the grounds that he faces a danger to his life.

⚠️ All of the above is what qualifies you for the Commission to contact you to enter the resettlement program, but it does not guarantee the family or the person to travel, as there are criteria that come after the previous criteria to clarify the eligibility of the family or the person to travel, and these criteria are set by the receiving countries and the degree of their strictness varies from one country to another. For example: everything that is known about the family or one of its members during settlement interviews and it turns out that it completely contradicts one of the laws of the future country will be rejected (a father-in-law of his daughter who is under 18 - a married man has more than one wife at the same time - matters related to the place of military service…), Most of the standards of the receiving country are not announced.

⚠️ If these criteria apply to me, how do I apply for resettlement? :-

Simply you have to:

🔘1- Informing the Commission of the problems you face and explaining them in a simplified manner away from complaints, complaints and attacks, knowing that the Commission will not transfer you directly to resettlement if your problem is raised, no matter how difficult, so you must continue to inform them of the problems and developments that happen with you and their impact on you and your children

🔘2- You must be familiar with the criteria for Emiratisation to be able to explain your problem appropriately

3- Take an expert opinion on settlement issues, such as a specialized lawyer or a professional employee in refugee legal matters

4- Communicating with organizations that are concerned with issues of refugees and resettlement exclusively in the country in which they are directed, such as St. Andrews Organization for Syrians in Egypt, IRAP Organization for Syrians in Jordan and Lebanon, for example, or Assam Organization for Syrians in Turkey, and of course there are similar organizations in other countries.

Fourth: If I am among the settlement procedures, do I have the right to choose the country or speed up the file? :-

🔵 No, you do not have the right to choose the country under any circumstances, not even to speed up the file, all you have to do is describe your situation correctly, simple and clear to the Commission or the Organization for Migration.

Fifth: If I am rejected, can I appeal?!

🔵 You cannot if the refusal came from the Commission, except in the event of an emergency event on your file, and in the absence of this emergency on your file, you must know that the Commission will close your file for two years after the refusal. from the date of rejection.

Sixth: Is there a specific resettlement commission?!

🔵 In Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Algeria and even the Gulf countries, there are branches of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which provide resettlement service for a group of Syrians in those countries, where the Commission communicates with the Syrians registered with it and applies the resettlement criteria to them to determine the distance That is their eligibility to travel to one of the following countries (Canada, America, European countries, New Zealand, and the UAE).

Seventh: Is it necessary for me and my family to have a passport?!

🔵 In this case of resettlement, a passport is not required, but it can be replaced by a travel document

🔴 (Special for residents of Turkey 🇹🇷)

🔵 Kimlik card, aid and registration with the Commission.

🔘 Kimlik Card 🇹🇷: It is a card that the refugee takes to obtain the assistance provided by the Turkish government in cooperation with the UNHCR, such as medical aid and the possibility of entering hospitals for free or with discounts for the card holder. The card is a temporary protection card granted by the Turkish government to foreigners entitled to protection

🔘 How to obtain it 🇹🇷: The person or family wishing to register goes to the Aljuch branch - Department C, and the family is registered, where he is given a number that starts with 98 and turns after about a month to start with 99, and then the card holder becomes eligible and able to obtain all the assistance it provides The Kimlik card, as a reminder, this card is granted by the Turkish government, not the UNHCR. It is a temporary protection card and does not give you any refugee status.

⚠️ UNHCR 🇹🇷: It does not play a direct role in supporting refugees on Turkish territory, and the refugee cannot register directly there, but its direct role appears in receiving resettlement cases transferred to it from certain destinations from Turkey, and the refugee cannot transfer himself or register Same directly, and for resettlement you should apply the criteria of humanity.


Many refugees in general, and Syrians in particular, are concerned about the realization of the dreams and aspirations of many who wish to move to live in developed countries where they realize their dreams, lives and the future of their children.

It is by definition:

(One of the durable solutions provided by UNHCR is to transfer a refugee from the second country to the third country.)

Here, we will focus our discussion on the most important tips and secrets that will make your chances and the chances of your family much stronger to obtain resettlement:

1- You must be a refugee or asylum-seeker registered with the UNHCR in your country of residence, whether you are in Lebanon - Jordan - Turkey - Egypt or even the Gulf countries, because the resettlement service is a service that is granted only to those who are registered with one of the UNHCR branches exclusively.

2- Make sure that your phone number (or your e-mail) is registered correctly with the Commission: because the Commission needs to communicate with you when you accept or choose the resettlement program or any other assistance, and without a phone number, your right will be lost.

3- When registering, make sure to inform the Commission of all the important matters that you have been exposed to before your registration: the problems you have encountered will be the direct reason for your obtaining resettlement, and there are of course specific matters that you must focus on because they have a significant impact on the issue of resettlement

4- There are criteria set by the commission for resettlement, and if one of them applies to you, you must communicate this to the commission: because of the large number of files that the commission has, it may sometimes be difficult for them to study all the files in a good way, so helping them by drawing their attention to your case will help the commission a lot in your choice

5- Always take advantage of the organizations in your country that work in the field of resettlement: In the countries where Syrians are located, there are legal organizations that work in the field of resettlement to help UNHCR in choosing the eligible, including:

Assam Organization in Turkey (Learn how to contact them

UNHCR Turkey:

Its address is as stated on its official website:

The address is: Tiflis Cad. 552. Sok. No:3 Sancak Mah. 06550 Ankara

Phone number: 00903124097300

E-mail: (and here I find it better to communicate with them through e-mail)

Irap organization in Lebanon and Jordan (all information about Irab and how to contact them

How to contact them:

In the event that you have any legal inquiries - clarification - or an explanation of your legal status, they will be contacted through the e-mail, and the message will be sent to them in any language.

Note: Their phone number in Jordan is: 00962788721185, and a phone number has not been announced for them in Lebanon yet.

6- Be sure to inform the Commission in a country of any unusual event that happens to you after registration (or you forgot to mention it during registration) by calling them or sending an email: such as the emergence of a difficult illness - exposure to protection problems - death of a family member - birth A new child - being expelled from the house in a dangerous way...etc, as this helps UNHCR to know the problems you are exposed to, and therefore this may increase your chances, especially if you are one of those who face permanent and continuous problems.

7- Stop taking your information from friends and neighbors: In the resettlement program, every case has its own privacy, and therefore what happened with your neighbor or friend does not necessarily happen with you, but on the contrary, it may have a negative impact on you, and many friends provide false information to their friends It often leads to losing the opportunity to resettle permanently.

8- Be sure to inform the Commission when you change your phone or email that you provided to the Commission, and make sure that your contact is within the coverage all the time.

9- Do not explicitly ask the commission for resettlement: because that is something that is not desirable from the commission and will leave them with a future impression that you are a person seeking resettlement and that any problems you have told them or that you will tell them are made up for the purpose of obtaining resettlement. Just apply the above tips.

Applying the above tips will greatly increase your chances of obtaining resettlement to one of the European countries, Canada, the United States of America or Australia, but always remember that resettlement is a slow program that requires time and patience, and it does not take place within days, but rather needs months and sometimes years.

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