Today, only a minority of refugees are hosted in Europe. According to UNHCR, more than 2.4 million refugees worldwide will need resettlement by 2024 – a drastic increase from 1.47 million in 2022. 3 Despite many efforts in recent years, most European resettlement programmes (including Belgium’s) remain too small in scale to meet significant needs.4 Several actors committed to jointly contribute to the resettlement of one million refugees by 2030. Belgium committed to resettle 1,500 people by 2025.
Besides resettlement, the Forum also highlighted some good practices of the many ongoing pilot initiatives on “complementary pathways”. For example, Caritas International presented the EU Passworld project, which has already enabled three refugee students to continue their studies at KU Leuven. In Geneva, Belgium committed to remain involved in such opportunities. According to Caritas, it is necessary to fully engage in the further development and scaling-up of these pathways, with robust procedures that remove as many barriers as possible for the target groups.