Refugee resettlement is a vitally important pathway to safety. It allows refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries and remain stranded in poorer regions to be transferred to safe countries elsewhere - often EU states, Canada, the UK or US.

Resettlement is a lifeline for some of the world's most vulnerable refugees, such as women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities.

For countries hosting the majority of the world's refugees, resettlement is an important demonstration of support and solidarity.

For the receiving countries such as EU states that welcome people via resettlement, it provides a structured and durable approach to welcoming people in need.

The European Commission has asked EU states to pledge a total number of refugees they will resettle over the next two years before 15 September 2023. In the lead up to this deadline, the IRC is calling on them to ambitiously expand safe pathways to international protection and better reflect Europe’s capacity to welcome. Read our statement.

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On this page you will find the IRC's latest articles and news releases related to refugee resettlement into the EU.