Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

Decision about the Policy Framework for Resettlement 2012-2015 (07/02/2012)

Legal and administrative framework


The Decision states that the quota of 2,000 resettled refugees will be maintained for the period 2012-2015. The following key resettlement criteria will be applied:

  • All individuals will be assessed according to the UNHCR assessment and country-specific asylum policy of the Netherlands. This covers the Refugee Convention, including article 1 F, the Aliens Act art 29(1)(a) and individual protection grounds art 29(1)(c)(b), the general official communications of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and asylum policy concerning the country of origin of the refugee;
  • More emphasis will be placed on integration aspects of the resettlement process than previously. This means that after assessment according to art 29, the integration perspective will be investigated as a basis for denial of the dossier;
  • Preference will be given to refugees such as journalists, human rights activists, persons with academic background, who have played an active social role;
  • Mission destinations will be selected according to priorities (i) set by UNHCR to solve long-term refugee situations, (ii) relating to urban refugee situations and (iii) as indicated in the Annual Tripartite Consultations.

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Decision: Policy Framework for Resettlement 2012-2015 in Dutch