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Resettlement Programme

Voluntary programmes through which EU States aim to provide international protection and a durable solution in their territories to refugees and displaced persons identified as eligible for resettlement by UNHCR, and that include actions the EU States implement to assess the resettlement needs and transfer the persons concerned to their territories, with a view to granting them a secure legal status and to promoting their effective integration.

Resettlement

The transfer of refugees from the country in which they have sought refuge to another State that has agreed to admit them. The refugees will usually be granted asylum or some other form of long-term resident rights and, in many cases, will have the opportunity to become naturalised citizens. For this reason, resettlement is a durable solution as well as a tool for the protection of refugees. It is also a practical example of international burden- and responsibility-sharing.

Relocation

The transfer of persons having a status defined by the Geneva Convention or subsidiary protection within the meaning of Directive 2011/95/EC from the EU State which granted them international protection to another EU State where they will be granted similar protection and of persons having applied for international protection from the EU State which is responsible for examining their application to another EU State where their applications for international protection will be examined.

Refugee

A person who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group, is outside the country of his/her nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail him-/herself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his/her former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.

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