Other Countries’ Response to UN’s Refugee Resettlement Request

By The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
November 25, 2015 Updated: December 7, 2015

OTTAWA—Global refugee resettlement is directed by the United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees. In 2013, the agency asked for 130,000 spaces to be made available by 2016, whether through direct refugee resettlement programs or humanitarian admission.

Not all countries accept U.N. refugees for resettlement. And, in addition to what the UNHCR is asking, many European and Middle Eastern countries are also dealing with the impromptu flow of Syrians across their borders as they attempt to find new homes on their own.

Here is how some countries have responded directly to the U.N.

Australia: 5,800 spaces for resettlement and a special humanitarian program. A further 12,000 spaces for Syrians and Iraqis have been committed but no breakdown of how many will be Syrians has been provided.

Brazil: 7,380 humanitarian visas have been issued to individuals affected by the Syrian situation. People admitted under this program have the right to apply for refugee status.

Czech Republic: 70 resettlement.

Denmark: 390 resettlement.

France: Since 2012, France has provided 1,880 asylum visas for Syrians, which enable them to travel to France for the purpose of applying for asylum. Last week, they announced they will take 30,000.

Germany: 20,000 humanitarian admission, 18,500 individual sponsorship.

New Zealand: 850 resettlement.

Norway: 9,000 resettlement.

Portugal: 48 resettlement, 70 emergency scholarships for higher education.

Sweden: 2,700 resettlement.

United Kingdom: 216 Syrian refugees have been accepted under a relocation program. In September, the government pledged to expand that program by accepting up to 20,000 Syrians until 2020.

United States: The U.N. has so far submitted 22,427 Syrian refugees to the U.S. for resettlement consideration. The U.S. has recently pledged to resettle 10,000 in the next year.

Source: UNHCR, news sources