UN Refugee Agency/Andrew McConnell

As Brits were busy reclining rusty garden chairs to soak up a rare day of sunshine in late March, Home Secretary Priti Patel unveiled the biggest overhaul of the UK asylum system in decades. The policies, she said, would fix a system bursting at the seams from operating at the mercy of “criminal smugglers” and ensure fair punishment for those arriving on UK shores through illegal routes.

The announcement was followed by pushback from those who naturally worried about the birth of a two-tier system and its contravention of the United Nations’ 1951 Refugee Convention. Others spotlighted the laudable contributions…


Over the coming months, Refugee Pathways will highlight its team members through our “Meet our Advocates” series, which includes the publication of various engaging Q&As with our staff. Enjoy!

Q&A with Caleb

Caleb Guedes-Reed is a journalist and human rights advocate based in Florida. At Refugee Pathways, he provides research support and advises on all things advocacy, outreach, and fundraising. After volunteering with his community’s refugee partnership in Virginia, Caleb wanted to have an even more significant impact on refugees’ lives. Caleb met Refugee Pathways founder Julie while studying in Oslo in 2013 and joined Refugee Pathways in October 2019. …


Maaret Misrin, Idlib Province | Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

This month marks a decade of conflict in Syria that has sparked one of the largest humanitarian situations in recent years. OCHA has compiled statistics that provide only a snapshot of what 10-years of conflict has meant for Syrians. Over the last decade, 13 million Syrians, more than 60% of the country, have been displaced from their homes. Half of this population are internally displaced, lacking basic services and often living in areas that are hard to reach by humanitarian organizations. In addition, over 5 million Syrians fled to neighbouring countries where they remain today as refugees. …


Supporting Economic Opportunities for Refugee Women this International Women’s Day

@ She Matters

This International Women’s Day, She Matters and Refugee Pathways are coming together to #ChoosetoChallenge the barriers refugee women (hereinafter ‘female newcomers’) face within the labor market, and advocate for their access to equal opportunities to share their wealth of knowledge, talent, and innovation in pursuit of their livelihoods.

She Matters is a Dutch social enterprise recruitment agency with a mission to simultaneously empower companies with diverse talent and female newcomers with employment. …


Refugee Pathways team — from left to right: Julie Meier (founder and executive director), Jeff Bachman (associate director), Emily Ervin (research assistant and writer), Emmaly Read (research assistant), Caleb Reed (research assistant), Heather Knorr (outreach associate).

Refugee Pathways envisions a world where all displaced people can relocate safely and find protection in a humane and dignified way.

Too many refugees and internally displaced people face exploitation when seeking protection in another country.
To empower displaced people to relocate safely, Refugee Pathways has created an online information platform in 2017 to address the need for increased access to information on legal options for relocation. The Refugee Pathway’s information platform provides free access to legal complementary relocation opportunities — or complementary pathways — tailored to displaced Syrians. …


A Syrian boy during an awareness workshop on Covid-19 at a camp for displaced people in northwestern Syria. Photo: AAREF WATAD / AFP / NTB Scanpix.

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the already existing vulnerabilities of refugee populations have been exacerbated. The impact of COVID-19 on refugees has gone beyond the devastating health tolls also to include massive loss of employment, livelihoods, shelter, and nutrition, as well as increased gender-based violence and poverty rates. There is a dire need for an increase in humanitarian aid and international action for refugees to receive a safe and dignified response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Syrian refugee and IDP camps amidst the pandemic

Refugee camps are crowded spaces with sparse medical services, which increases the vulnerability of communities within the…


A resettlemed family. Pixabay

This month, UNHCR reported that 2020 will be a record low for refugee resettlement. The UN Refugee Agency announced that according to its data, “only 15,425 refugees were resettled from January to the end of September this year, compared to 50,086 over the same period last year.” This is due to the general quota for resettlement continuing to decline as well as negative impacts by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has delayed departures and paused some resettlement programs indefinitely. …


A young refugee works in a mobile shop in Sao Paolo, Brazil after having resettled from Syria via a humanitarian visa. UN Refugee Agency

Refugees are often forced to flee their homes when they lose access to employment opportunities. Upon relocating to often neighboring countries, refugees are faced with challenges of entering the formal labor markets. Within host communities, refugees are either siloed into refugee camps with limited livelihood and economic opportunities or live in urban areas that may only provide opportunities in the informal markets. The lack of employment options can lead refugees to move to a country where better jobs are seemingly available, however, there are many barriers in re-locating such as acquiring proper documentation of passports, visas, and work permits.


It does not take much imagination to picture a world where changing weather patterns lead to disastrous events such as flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, desertification, drought and sea-level rise. These environmental catastrophes have intensified and become more likely due to climate change, and in return have led to millions of people being forced to flee their homes.

Climate refugee. Photo by Alessandro Grassani.

For an example of climate change affecting migration, look no further than Syria. A devastating drought, the worst in 900 years, affected the livelihoods of over 1.5 million farmers in rural Syria almost fifteen years ago. The drought led farmers to migrate from rural…


Black Lives Matter protest in Greece. Image from Record Newspaper

Refugee Pathways acknowledges that the movement for refugee rights is deeply connected to the broader movement for racial justice. Our vision for refugees to relocate safely and in a humane and dignified way recognizes that racial discrimination is often a barrier to that vision for refugees in both their home and host countries. In order to create this vision of a more just world, the advocacy for the protections of refugee rights and the movement for racial justice must be seen as interconnected. Creating space for the empowerment of refugees requires the protection of their full experience as it intersects…

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Empowering refugees on their journey to safety one complementary pathway at a time.

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