Is Resettlement Still a Durable Solution? An Analysis in Light of the Proposal for a Regulation Establishing a Union Resettlement Framework

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EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MIGRATION AND LAW, vol.24, no.1, pp.27-55, 2022 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1163/15718166-12340118
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, EBSCO Education Source, EBSCO Legal Collection, EBSCO Legal Source, Education Abstracts, HeinOnline-Law Journal Library, Index to Legal Periodicals, Index to legal periodicals & books, PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Public Affairs Index, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.27-55
  • Keywords: resettlement, durable solution, resettlement procedure, cessation, Commission&nbsp, Proposal for a Regulation establishing a Union Resettlement Framework, REFUGEES
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


Resettlement is generally regarded as a permanent or durable solution for refugees. Resettled refugees classically are granted permanent settlement with the opportunity for eventual citizenship. However, this classic understanding might be changing. In 2016, the European Commission proposed a Regulation establishing a Union Resettlement Framework with a view to creating a more structured, harmonized, and permanent framework for resettlement across the Union. According to the Proposal, resettled persons are to be granted either the refugee status or the subsidiary protection status in the Member States. Similar to the Proposal, more and more states including Denmark and the United States grant resettled refugees and other displaced persons statuses that fall short of the refugee status. In light of these recent developments, this article questions whether resettlement is still a permanent and durable solution for refugees. In doing so, the article also examines duties owed by states towards resettled refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in international law and reviews shortcomings of the Commission Proposal for a Regulation establishing a Union Resettlement Framework.