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International CatholicMigration CommissionLINKING‐IN EU RESETTLEMENTNewsletter 3 June 2012EU RESETTLEMENT NETWORKDeveloping and strengtheningresettlement programmes throughoutEurope requires exchange of knowledgeand sharing of expertise betweenstakeholders at all stages of engaging inresettlement. The current joint IOM,UNHCR and ICMC Europe ‘Linking‐In EUResettlement’ project continues thenetwork‐building activities of the previous‘Practical Cooperation’ project, culminatingin the formal launch of the EUResettlement Network at the recent EUResettlement Skills Share Day in Brussels.Refugee Jackpot carousel at the resettlement marketplace at the EU Resettlement Skills Share Day,14 & 15 May 2012, BrusselsRESETTLEMENT NEWS‣ Belgium resettles in 2013In the framework of the Joint EU Resettlement Programme adopted in March2012 and through which the EU aims to strengthen its commitment toresettlement, Belgian State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Maggie DeBlock announced that Belgium will provide a new home for 100 refugeesduring 2013. The Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees andStateless Persons (CGRS) will be responsible for the selection of the refugeeson the basis of a pre‐selection made by UNHCR. It is not the first time Belgiumresettles ‐they did so in 2009 (Iraqi refugees) and in 2011 (Eritrean andCongolese refugees) at the request of UNHCR. During the first 6 months afterarrival Fedasil, the national reception agency for asylum seekers, will provideaccommodation in their reception centres and work with NGOs to prepare thefirst steps for integration (language courses, finding a home and so on).‣ 2020 CampaignOn the 14 th of May, 6 leading organisations in the refugee field – AmnestyInternational, CCME, ECRE, ICMC, IOM and Save Me ‐ launched a campaign formore and better resettlement in Europe. Launched at the recent EUResettlement Skills Share Day, the “Resettlement Saves Lives ‐2020 Campaign”advocates for EU Member States to offer 20,000 resettlement places everyyear by 2020. All organisations and individuals are invited to pledge theirsupport for the campaign by visiting the website or Facebook page.This new network provides a frameworkfor actors from EU institutions,governments, NGOs, regions, cities,municipalities and resettled refugeesthemselves to develop resettlementcapacity, knowledge and practice acrossEurope, in the context of the new Joint EUResettlement Programme and theestablishment of new programmes inMember States including Belgium,Germany and Bulgaria. We are delightedthat a number of organizations in the EUResettlement Network have established‘Resettlement Saves Lives – 20,000 for2020’, an NGO‐led campaign advocatingfor an increase in the number ofresettlement places provided by Europeancountries. You can pledge your support forthe campaign, download project resourcesand keep up‐to‐date with planned eventsand activities at our new EU ResettlementNetwork website at www.resettlement.eu.We invite you – our network members – tojoin the ever‐growing Europeanresettlement family, and look forward toworking with you develop a successful andsustainable EU Resettlement Network forthe future.Linking‐In EU Resettlement is a project on reception and integration of refugees at the local level and the importance oflinking the pre‐departure and post‐arrival phases in order to make resettlement more successful. The project began inSeptember 2011 and runs until November 2012. It is run jointly by ICMC, IOM and UNHCR in cooperation withgovernments and civil society partners from 17 EU countries. The project also remains open to new participants.