Refugee resettlement is the transfer of refugees from the country where they have sought protection to another country that has agreed to admit them, as refugees, with permanent residence status. UNHCR is mandated to undertake resettlement as one of the three durable solutions. Resettlement is unique as it is the only durable solution involving transfer of refugees to a third country.
Assessment of needs and phases of the resettlement process:
Resettlement is an invaluable protection tool to meet specific needs of refugees in which life, liberty, safety, health or fundamental human rights are at heightened risk. Emergency or urgent resettlement may be necessary to ensure the security of refugees who are threatened with refoulement to their country of origin, or those whose physical safety is seriously threatened in the country in which they have sought refuge. Typically, less than 1% of the 20.4 million refugees under UNHCR’s mandate worldwide are resettled.