Transformative Approach to Complementary Pathways for Admission to Third Countries

  Training Course


Format: Available in both format: Online and On-Site (in Amman – Jordan)

Duration: This is a 6-day online; 4-day on-site training course.

Language: Available in both English and Arabic


Complementary pathways are mostly designed as temporary solutions and thus they lack the main element of durable solutions. In this respect complementary pathways will require further consideration and adaptation to fully cater as new “durable solutions”.


Who is this course for?

This course is for humanitarian and development aid workers in management positions, technical staff or any project team working towards fostering refugees' ability to access comprehensive and solution-oriented information around complementary pathways of admission to third countries.


Training topics

the training course will include the following topics:

  1. The objectives of complementary pathways for admission
  2. Key Examples of complementary pathways for admission
  3. Analyzing protection considerations and safeguards associated with the different sources of information refugees rely on in their pursuit for complementary pathways.
  4. Possible ways to expand complementary pathways for admission
  5. Effective ways to improve the level of awareness around complementary pathways among refugees, and addressing challenges and barriers faced by different refugee groups to accessing information around complementary pathways to third country admissions.
  6. How to assess the support refugees are getting in the pursuit for complementary pathways’ opportunities.
  7. How complementary pathways can allow for creating of a transparent system.
  8. How complementary pathways be seen as complementary and not an alternative to resettlement.
  9. Applying a transformative approach to fully cater complementary pathways as durable solutions


Training Foucs


 Complementary pathways are a promising way for expanding durable solutions for refugees. therefore, the training course will explore possible ways to move forward on complementary pathways, specifically:


  1. Acknowledging the human capital of refugees

Acknowledging the human and social capital that refugees possess, complementary pathways could become a tool that offers refugees the possibility to seize opportunities based on their skills and networks, while promoting their safety and protection.


  1. Networks in receiving countries

Many refugees have social, business, and professional networks, on which they are often too weak, or do not have the resources, to capitalise. Complementary pathways in this context have the potential to set up networking strategies to make refugees’ connections stronger. Networks in receiving countries may develop further around the community sponsorship schemes that are gaining increased momentum, as this approach encourages and allows for flexible refugee support networks. Similarly educational institutions through refugee-scholar focused programmes and employers, often through organisations such a Talent Beyond Boundaries, establish opportunities and connect refugees to them.


  1. Flexibility regarding refugees’ entry conditions

Refugees whose human or social capital offer them the prospect of a livelihood in a third country, such as being received by a community or having reasonable prospects of employment, could also be met with more flexibility regarding their entry conditions. A sense of flexibility has the potential to waive conditions of entry to existing pathways that may be difficult for refugees to fulfil, e.g., due to a lack of required documentation, and thus constitute the main hindrance to a third country solution. Flexibility does not have to mean exceptional new conditions for entry, but rather adjustments to accommodate the reality of displacement.


  1. Overcoming sectoral governance approaches

Current governance structures segregate the admission of refugees from that of other legal migrants. Complementary pathways for refugees can become orphans in this governance structure, as they organisationally fit neither under the former nor the latter. Progress on complementary pathways, therefore, requires actors to overcome sectoral governance approaches and seek synergies between these areas, recognizing that persons entering under immigration rules can also have protection needs.


  1. Connection of networks and facilitated admission opportunities for refugees

Desk research on the legal pathways that people from major refugee source countries take without entering the refugee regime may inform policies that can help strengthen refugee networks to leverage complementary pathways to protection. This research can also strengthen non-governmental actors both in destination countries and in first countries of asylum in their advocacy and practical work to promote novel means to access protection and solutions.


  1. Enabling refugees to capitalize upon their resources, connections and skills to access third country solutions

This could, in turn, create more space for those refugees who are lacking social, human and financial capital and who need more support from the international community—ultimately enabling these pathways to become truly complementary instruments for refugees to access protection.




Training Techniques

Training will be delivered via Zoom Pro, Interactive Webinar Workshops which will be facilitated learning and enjoyable in style and nature with lots of examples, case histories, problem solving exercises and useful ‘tips & tools’ from experienced practitioners in this field.


The number of participants will be 15 to 20 who, as well as attending the Online Webinar Workshops, will also work together in small teams over the course of the programme to complete exercises which will: (i) enhance the learning and understanding of the subject matter and (ii) all Importantly, assist the conversion of theory into practical application and team & Individual continual professional development


While participants will be strongly encouraged and reminded to take part in the livestream Webinar Workshop, each Module will be recorded and available to members of the group should they miss a session or wish to revisit particular content.


All training materials used during the workshops and additional materials as may enhance the learning process for the participants will be send electronically to the participants through the SRD Training Manager.




For Online course: USD 400, covers 6-day training course, inclusive of applications and certificate.


For On-Site course: USD 600, covers 4-day training course, inclusive of venue cost, coffee breaks, lunch, stationeries, applications, and certificate.


How to Apply

Registration Form


NB: When 10 participants or more registered we will contact you to agree on the date of the course.


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