Despite a steady increase in the flow of African asylum seekers to the state of Israel over the past few years, prospects for permanent protection in the country continue to diminish. In the face of this reality, the need for viable relocation options is becoming increasingly pressing. The Relocation Team was created in 2010 in recognition of this need within the asylum seeker community. The objective of the Relocation Team at the ARDC is twofold. Firstly, the project seeks to inform and educate asylum seekers and refugees in Israel of their options for relocation to a third country. Secondly, the Relocation Team seeks to provide advice and assistance to those eligible to apply for relocation through various programs.
The Relocation caseworkers provide individual guidance to clients to evaluate their relocation options, contacting the necessary governmental entities and referring them to related non-profit organizations. Our team assists with applications for family reunification visas to third countries, including the United States, Canada, Norway, and Sweden, as well as various humanitarian and private sponsorship programs. We are working to grow our contacts in Canada to better facilitate and streamline the process for SAH applicants. Due to the increased pressure on asylum seekers to choose voluntary return, ARDC also provides counseling on this issue to those who are considering this option.