IOM Resettlement Support January - June 2021

For 70 years, IOM has played a vital role in resettlement, providing a range of supporting activities upon request of the receiving states and to ensure the transfer of its beneficiaries in conditions of safety and dignity. These include support to case processing, pre-migration health activities, movement management, and pre-departure and post-arrival integration support. IOM works closely with governments and UNHCR, as well as other partners such as EASO and NGOs to help persons in need of international protection.

While 2020 was heavily impacted by COVID-19, and only 11.266 refugees were resettled/admitted to 18 EEA countries, 2021 shows signs of recovery with the resettlement / humanitarian admission of 7,320 only in the fist half of the year. During this period, IOM continued supporting refugees and the use of resettlement as a critical protection measure, in liaison with donors and partners, while adopting a range of measures to minimize the risk of transmission during movements and pre-departure activities.

From January to June 2021, IOM assisted 90 refugees to reunite with their families in the EEA and supported the humanitarian admission of 879 beneficiaries of international protection.

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