Private sponsorship programmes (PSPs) are alternative legal pathways of migration, which include presence of private engagement as well as the governmental involvement. They are aimed at supporting migrants’ arrival and integration into the destination society and have recently been implemented in different ways across the European Union. Our discussion brief underlines that PSPs can:
- represent a safe and legal alternative for people in need of international protection.
- if used extensively, allow for a more effective management of migration flows to Europe.
- facilitate inclusion of beneficiaries in the destination country.
As our expert brief mapping the existing research in this field shows, the effectiveness, fairness and in general integration outcomes of existing alternative channels are disputed. In our expert interview, Prof. Birgit Glorius and Prof. Dr Hannes Schammann highlight that:
- it is urgent to provide EU-level political and structural support to local communities/organizations/municipalities willing to take active roles for the integration of private sponsorship or humanitarian visa arrivals.
- more discretionary power and legal flexibility at the local and regional level of governance are key for better cooperation across state institutions and civil society actors.
Key issues and controversies further highlighted in the discussion brief include:
- absence of an established harmonized EU level procedure in selection of beneficiaries
- short duration of existing programmes
- lack of clarity concerning the length and kind of support provided
- securing government involvement and commitment
- monitoring and evaluation
This online consultation aims to discuss with national stakeholders, practitioners, policy actors and researchers the following three topics:
Topic 1: Needs for better support.
- What are the critical factors to be addressed to facilitate integration of newcomers via PSP?
- What do local and national actors need to ensure the smooth transition and integration of newcomers via those pathways?
Topic 2: Policy actions to ensure that needs are addressed.
- What are the measures that have been implemented to fulfil these needs in your national/local context?
- What other possible measures could be implemented to fulfil these needs? Please also fill out a quick scoring survey on different options.
Topic 3:The role of the EU and other actors
- What role could the EU play in fostering good practices and empowering local and national stakeholders in PSP adoption and implementation processes?
- Who are the other key institutions and actors that are or should be involved in PSPs in your national/local context? How can they help ensure the successful integration of newcomers via PSPs? Please also fill out a quick scoring survey on the role of different actors.
We invite you all to share your views, experiences and examples on PSP or related alternative legal channels and integration programmes in your country of work/residence.
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