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UNHCR & ICVA - Local Solutions for Refugees: Key considerations (December 2021)

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PURPOSE OF THE DOCUMENT

More than ever, ensuring refugees’ access to durable solutions requires concerted efforts and shared responsibility among all stakeholders. For this reason, the Global Compact on Refugees outlines as one of its primary objectives to facilitate access to durable solutions through a mix of solutions, encompassing the three traditional durable solutions as well as other local solutions and complementary pathways for admission to third countries.

This paper aims to contribute to this objective by developing a better understanding of how local solutions may contribute to offering additional avenues to durable solutions for refugees. It defines and describes local solutions, highlighting the notion of transitional arrangements, as well as the protection guarantees and standards they should be accompanied with. In doing so, it also aims at outlining elements useful for developing pledges and contributions for the second Global Refugee Forum of 2023.