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 number of refugees under UNHCR’s seven-decade long mandate continues to increase, reaching 21.3 million at the end of 2021. While most refugees are hosted in low-and-middle-income countries of first asylum and find themselves in protracted displacement, the durable solutions available to them fall well below the needs. Global resettlement needs have significantly risen for 2023 compared to previous years, and now stands at 2 million. The support of the international community in finding lasting solutions for those experiencing displacement is greater than ever. 

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. The 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. The final report for the Three-Year Strategy's first phase has been published. The next phase of the Three-Year Strategy was endorsed in April 2022: Third Country Solutions for Refugees: Roadmap 2030

Refugees departing for resettlement

About the CRISP

The Sustainable Resettlement and Complementary Pathways Initiative or CRISP, is a multi-stakeholder and global mechanism which aims to support States and other stakeholders to grow resettlement programmes and advance complementary pathways. It provides targeted capacity building such as training, technical assistance, and deployment of experts. Strengthening the capabilities of communities and individuals, institutions and infrastructure is a critical element to achieve the goals of the Three-Year Strategy. The CRISP was developed jointly by UNHCR and IOM and was launched in 2020. This initiative is a direct outcome of recommendations made by resettlement States and key stakeholders during the Three-Year Strategy consultation process. 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:

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.