CRISP - Sustainable Resettlement and Complementary Pathways Initiative

A Resource Platform for Capacity Building and Partnerships

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Refugee Resettlement Needs

Refugee situations continue to increase in scope, scale and complexity. The vast majority of refugees (85 per cent) are hosted in low and middle-income countries. Despite the generosity of host countries and donors, there is an urgent need to share the responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s growing number of refugees more equitably. While the resettlement landscape has witnessed important progress in the last few years, there has been a doubling of global resettlement needs to reach 1.4 million. Yet, only 4.5 per cent of global resettlement needs were met in 2019. 

Three-Year Strategy on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways

Three-Year Strategy on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways

The Global Compact on Refugees envisaged the development of a Three-Year Strategy (2019-2021) on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways as a key vehicle to grow resettlement and advance complementary pathways. This UNHCR-led, multi-stakeholder Strategy is the result of wide-ranging consultations with relevant stakeholders. It is both a roadmap for expansion over three years and an ambitious blueprint to develop third-country solutions through a vision that will continue to be relevant to achieving the goals of the Global Compact on Refugees in the longer term.

About the CRISP

About the CRISP

The Sustainable Resettlement and Complementary Pathways Initiative or CRISP, is a crucial tool to implement the actions identified under the Three _Year Strategy. It is a UNHCR-IOM led initiative that aims to support States and key stakeholders to establish, expand or renew resettlement programmes and advance complementary pathways of admission. The CRISP provides targeted capacity building in partnership with diverse actors, to achieve quality, scalable and sustainable programmes. The CRISP is also a tangible way for States to support the expansion of third country solutions and make concrete contributions and pledges towards the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees.

This website aims to be a resource platform for capacity building and partnerships. It also gives a statistical overview of refugees that were processed under the CRISP as well as the UNHCR-IOM joint mechanism, the Emerging Resettlement Countries Joint Support Mechanism (ERCM) that ran from 2016-2019.

For more information on activities, please see the CRISP Newsletters:
Issue 1, November 2020
Issue 2, June 2021

Resettlement Data

Statistics are core to monitor progress in achieving solutions for refugees over time. See our data page for more information.

Complementary Pathways

Complementary Pathways for admission are safe and regulated avenues for refugees that complement resettlement.


Refugee resettlement is the transfer of refugees from the country in which they have sought protection to another State that has agreed to admit them.