Resettlement is the transfer of refugees from an asylum country to another State that has agreed to admit them and ultimately grant them permanent settlement. Resettlement is not a right. Resettlement countries offer only a limited number of resettlement places every year, benefitting less than 1% of the refugee population worldwide.

Resettlement is a solution that only applies to refugees in very specific circumstances, with priority given to those who are considered to be most vulnerable or who have the most serious protection needs.

Private sponsorship programmes in resettlement countries are outside of UNHCR’s mandate and we are not involved in such requests for resettlement. You should advise your sponsor to inquire with the authorities of the resettlement country. You can also approach the embassy of the resettlement country to know more about private sponsorship options that can be initiated on your behalf.