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Resettlement as an Instrument of Protection

Publisher UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Author Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme
Publication Date 11 October 1991
Citation / Document Symbol No. 67 (XLII) - 1991
Other Languages / Attachments Greek
Related Document Réinstallation en tant qu'instrument de protection
Cite as UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Resettlement as an Instrument of Protection, 11 October 1991, No. 67 (XLII) - 1991, available at: [accessed 28 November 2015]
Comments Executive Committee 42nd session. Contained in United Nations General Assembly Document No. 12A (A/46/12/Add.1). Conclusion endorsed by the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme upon the recommendation of the Sub-Committee of the Whole on International Protection of Refugees.

The Executive Committee,

Reaffirming the link between international protection and resettlement as an instrument of protection and its important role as a durable solution in specific circumstances,

(a)        Calls on governments in a position to assist, to establish refugee admission ceilings, in the context of international burden-sharing;

(b)        Requests States when setting refugee admission ceilings to include an adequate contingency provision which could be available depending on need to address rapidly evolving situations;

(c)        Recognizes that rapidly evolving situations can result in fluctuating resettlement requirements from on year to another and that admission ceilings should be adaptable to such developments;

(d)        Recognizes the need for rapid and flexible response to UNHCR resettlement requirements in particular for vulnerable groups and emergency protection cases subject to refugee admission requirements of receiving States;

(e)        Acknowledges the utility of close consultation with UNHCR in the resettlement activities of the Office;

(f)         Recognizes that in reviewing UNHCR resettlement requests the protection element inherent in such requests should be taken into account;

(g)        Emphasizes that UNHCR pursues resettlement only as a last resort, when neither voluntary repatriation nor local integration is possible, when it is in the best interests of the refugees and where appropriate.

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