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 UN refugees for resettlement. And, in addition to what the UNHCR is asking, many European & Middle Eastern countries are moreover 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 UN:
p>Australia: 5,800 spaces for resettlement & a special humanitarian program. A further 12,000 spaces for Syrians & Iraqis have been committed yet 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 UN 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
Source: “The Canadian Press”