Do Today’s Resettlement Practices Offer Refugees a Durable Solution?

March 14th, 2023 6:00PM-8:00PM GMT - Virtual Seminar by the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London

Event Host/Institute: Refugee Law Initiative, University of London
Event date and time: March 14, 2023, 6:00PM – 8:00PM GMT
Event location/venue: Online 
Event type: Seminar, International Refugee Law Seminar Series

“Do Today’s Resettlement Practices Offer Refugees a Durable Solution?”
Dr Meltem Ineli-Ciger – Associate Professor, Suleyman Demirel University Faculty of Law

Resettlement is regarded as a permanent or durable solution and, as advocated by the UNHCR, resettled refugees get a permanent settlement with the opportunity for eventual citizenship. Is this still the case? No structured international legal regime governing resettlement exists. Neither the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees nor any other international instrument explicitly obliges states to provide durable solutions to refugees, including resettlement.  This means states retain sovereign competence to decide who and how many persons to resettle and which status persons will receive once resettlement. The status granted to refugees and other resettled persons in the resettlement state and if and when this status can be withdrawn is closely related to whether a certain resettlement practice offers a durable solution.

The European Commission Proposal for a Regulation establishing a Union Resettlement Framework and amending Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 foresaw that resettled persons are to be granted either refugee status or subsidiary protection status in the European Union. Although the Proposal has yet to be adopted, the Commission, as part of the new Pact on Migration and Asylum presented in 2020, called for its swift adoption. There are other recent developments that make one question the extent to which today’s resettlement practices offer refugees a durable solution. A considerable number of resettled refugees receive complementary and temporary protection statuses in Denmark whereas, most resettled Afghans evacuated or resettled to the United States following the Taliban takeover have been granted humanitarian parole but not permanent residency. This seminar will review recent state practices on resettlement and discuss whether resettlement is still a permanent or durable solution in view of these practices.

Dr Meltem Ineli Ciger is a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and an Associate Professor at the Suleyman Demirel University Faculty of Law in Turkey. She is a member of the International Journal of Refugee Law’s Editorial Board, Odysseus Network, and a research affiliate of the Refugee Law Initiative. She has acted as an expert, consultant, and trainer for the EU Commission, Council of Europe, EMN, ICMPD, and IOM. She works on international, European and Turkish refugee and migration law and human rights law.

The views expressed are those of the author/s, and are not attributable to the host organisations of the Resettlement.Plus website.

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