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Latest news on resettlement of Refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria


Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland have all pledged to resettle Syrian refugees.

Germany and Austria have also both agreed to admit people who have fled the conflict although that intake will be on the basis of a 'humanitarian admission' rather than, sensu stricto, resettlement.

On Wednesday, September 10th, 107 highly vulnerable Syrian refugees were due to leave Lebanon under a temporary Humanitarian Admissions Programme that was announced by Germany in March of this year.

The UNHCR announced in June of this year, in its 2013 Syria Regional Response Plan, that it was seeking 10,000 places for humanitarian admission and 2,000 places for resettlement of Syrians in acute need. Since then – Germany and Austria have committed places for humanitarian admission (5,000 and 500 respectively) – whereas the countries listed above have come forward with offers of resettlement places. The UNHCR continues to urge States to come forward and offer places to displaced Syrians either on the basis of relocation or on the basis of resettlement.

Please follow this link for a report in the Portugese press on the resettlement of Syrians which is planned to be for 15 places before the end of 2013. Link: