What is Resettlement?

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Refugee resettlement is when refugees voluntarily move from their country of asylum to another country that has agreed to allow them to live in that country permanently, with similar rights to its own citizens.

Resettlement is a separate process from Refugee Status Determination (RSD).  Refugee Status Determination is the process by which governments or UNHCR determine whether a person seeking international protection is a refugee under international, regional or national laws.

Resettlement is not a right and is not guaranteed. UNHCR conducts resettlement assessments based on elements including refugee claim, family composition, other possible durable solutions, and resettlement needs. In addition, resettlement countries apply their own criteria including admissibility and settlement considerations. The resettlement country will decide whether to accept a refugee for resettlement to their country.

Read more about UNHCR Resettlement.

Read more about resettlement in Australia.

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