The Strategic Use of Resettlement: Lessons from the Syria Context

The Strategic Use of Resettlement
Lessons from the Syria Context
Durable Solutions Platform

This research explores the Strategic Use of Resettlement (SUR), the concept that resettlement programming can be leveraged in strategic ways that can improve not only the lives of resettled refugees, but also refugees and citizens in refugee-hosting countries. However, despite being articulated more than 15 years ago, little evidence exists to demonstrate the extent to which this concept informs resettlement programming and impacting host countries. This research uses the Syrian refugee contexts in Jordan and Lebanon as case studies to explore SUR, its benefits and potential drawbacks, and provides recommendations for resettlement actors wishing to better understand and implement this concept in their own programming.