The COVID-19 resettlement suspension: impact, exemptions and the road ahead

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COVID-19 has considerably reduced international mobility, including refugee resettlement travel. On 17 March 2020, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced the suspension of international resettlement departures for refugees except for ‘the most critical emergency cases wherever possible’. This blog post (also published in German) assesses the global impact of the resettlement suspension on the admission of resettled refugees, discusses exemptions to the suspension, and offers brief reflections on the road ahead.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationFluchtforschungsBlog
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2020

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  • refugee resettlement
  • COVID-19


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