Local Integration [Refugee] Law and Legal Definition

Local integration refers to the settlement of refugees with full legal rights in the country to which they have fled. It is one of the durable solutions for refuges.

Local integration is a complex and gradual process which comprises distinct but related legal, economic, social and cultural dimensions and imposes considerable demands on both the individual and the receiving society. Refugees are granted a progressively wider range of rights and entitlements by the host state in local integration. Under the terms of the 1951 Refugee Convention, refugees are given the right to seek employment, to engage in other income-generating activities, to own and dispose of property, to enjoy freedom of movement and to have access to public services such as education.