- The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), which was affirmed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018, recognizes the expansion of resettlement and complementary pathways as one of the four objectives of the GCR;
- In that regard, UNHCR has developed a three-year Strategy (2019 – 2021) on resettlement and complementary pathways with the goal of increasing the number of resettlement spaces envisaged by the GCR;
- This Strategy envisions the admission by 2028 of 2 million refugees through complementary pathways, which are defined as safe and regulated avenues for refugees that complement resettlement by providing lawful stay in a third country where their international protection needs are met;
- The CCR welcomes the expansion of third country solutions through complementary pathways to address the huge gap in securing adequate resettlement spaces for the refugees globally;
Therefore be it resolved
that the CCR call for the following principles to be respected in the development of complementary pathways:
- Complementary pathways must offer a durable solution to refugees.
- Complementary pathways must aim to keep families together and respect the fundamental right to family reunification.
- The development of complementary pathways must not lead to a decrease in commitment to traditional resettlement.
- The development of complementary pathways must include meaningful refugee participation and leadership.
- Effort should be made to ensure complementary pathways are broadly available to diverse refugee populations.
- Complementary pathways should offer the same level of integration support as traditional refugee pathways offer.
Overseas Protection and Resettlement