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What is resettlement?
Resettlement is a solution that involves the selection and transfer of refugees from a country of asylum to another country which has agreed to admit them – as refugees – with protection, assistance, and permanent residence status. This status provides a resettled refugee and his/her family or dependents with access to rights like those enjoyed by nationals. Resettlement also carries with it the opportunity to eventually become a naturalized citizen of the resettlement country.
Resettlement is not a right, and a refugee cannot apply to be resettled. Resettlement countries offer a very limited number of spots each year, and few refugees meet the strict criteria for UNHCR submission to resettlement countries.
Being recognized as a refugee (recognition of refugee status) does not mean that you will be automatically referred for resettlement.
If your case is selected for resettlement consideration, UNHCR will contact you.
All humanitarian assistance is provided free of charge.