Complementary Pathways


Complementary Pathways are safe ways for refugees and asylum-seekers to enter and stay in a third country, where their international protection needs are met. Complementary Pathways are distinct and additional to resettlement. Third countries establish their own competitive criteria for complementary pathways and decide who will be admitted to their territories. Refugees and asylum-seekers can apply directly for pathway opportunities under these country programs, a UNHCR referral is not required.

To know more about available pathways and eligibility criteria, please check the below sections for opportunities verified by UNHCR Pakistan. The sections contain links to websites for programs, which UNHCR is aware that refugees have successfully accessed from Pakistan. UNHCR’s role involves counseling and sharing information on verified opportunities, criteria, and application processes.

Please note UNHCR and its partners maintain a zero-tolerance policy against fraud and corruption, sexual exploitation and abuse, and any form of solicitation for money or favors in exchange for assistance and services. Please report any complaints to UNHCR via the helpline number (+923041111437) or email ID [email protected].