Community sponsorship programmes aim to support integration of refugees into the new community. Originating from Canada, the model has gained increasing interest throughout Europe in recent years. At this webinar, we will hear about recently launched pilot programmes in the Nordic countries.
The Nordic countries have a tradition of organizing resettlement of refugees as a state-run and -sponsored scheme, involving municipalities during the reception and integration phase. The societal model is anchored in a system of free access to social welfare, housing, health care and education.
Community sponsorship builds on the idea, that local volunteers and organizations can add to government-assisted integration support and play a central role in welcoming refugees. It supports the integration by engaging citizens and local communities in providing emotional, financial, and practical help to newly arrived refugees. The volunteers are committed to foster inclusion and self-sustainability of refugees but do not have to contribute financially.
Recently launched pilot programmes in the Nordic countries are designed for quota refugees within the national resettlement programmes, and in the case of Sweden also for spontaneously arrived refugees with residence permits. Read more about community sponsorship here.
At this webinar, organized by the UNHCR Representation for the Nordic and Baltic Countries and the Nordic Council of Ministers, we aim to raise awareness, share practical experiences, and discuss the Nordic model of community sponsorship. Speakers join us from organisations and municipalities involved in community sponsorship and similar initiatives in the Nordic countries, as well as from a Danish partnership programme Venner Viser Vej.
We look forward to welcoming you to an afternoon of collaborative learning, where we will approach the specifics of the Nordic countries when it comes to implementing a community sponsorship model.
Registration and event details:
DATE: 6 Mar 2024, 1:00 PM – 3 PM (Time zone: Europe/Stockholm (UTC+1)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 6 Mar 2024 at 11:00
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