Voluntary repatriation may be one solution for refugees who have made the brave decision to return home. Together with the country of origin and international community, UNHCR strives to facilitate their choice through ‘go-and-see’ visits, education, legal aid, and family reunification. Our efforts have helped hundreds of thousands of people to return home to countries like Angola and Somalia.
For those who cannot return, either because of continued conflict, wars or persecution, resettlement in another country is one alternative. To aid this process, we provide cultural orientation, language and vocational training, as well as access to education and employment. However, of the 20.4 million refugees of concern to UNHCR around the world, less than one per cent is submitted for resettlement.
Another alternative for those who are unable to return home is integration within the host community. This is often a complex process which places considerable demands on both the individual and the receiving society. However, it also has benefits, allowing refugees to contribute socially and economically. Over the past decade, 1.1 million refugees around the world have become citizens in their country of asylum.
Planning on Durable Solutions
- UNHCR Global Appeal 2018-2019 - Building better futures Nov 2017
- UNHCR Global Appeal 2017 Update - Pathways to solutions Dec 2016
- UNHCR Global Appeal 2016-2017 - Progressing towards solutions 1 Dec 2015
Reporting on Durable Solutions
- UNHCR Global Report 2017 - Building better futures Jun 2018
- UNHCR Global Report 2016 - Building better futures Jun 2017
- UNHCR Global Report 2015 - Building better futures 1 Jun 2016
Transitional Solutions Initiative
Concept Note: UNDP and UNHCR in collaboration with the World Bank.