German civil society-driven resettlement program for vulnerable refugees enters next phase
Members of civil society taking vulnerable refugees under their wings – that's the premise of Germany’s community sponsorship-based resettlement program for refugees (“NesT”). Now, 25 mentor groups are ready to welcome an individual or a family of refugees waiting to be resettled from third countries. The pilot program, run jointly by the government and faith-based organizations, has groups of at least five volunteers serving as "mentors" who commit to covering refugees' rent and improving their overall conditions for integration. The first of a total of 500 refugees are expected to arrive this fall.