In recent years, there has been growing recognition of the need for a more global and comprehensive framework for responsibility-sharing and support for host communities during refugee crises. Despite progress, however, many of the principles and institutions dealing with refugee crises have changed little since the aftermath of World War II. In fact, international responses to refugee crises have primarily focused on three ‘durable solutions’: third-country resettlement, local integration into host countries, or voluntary repatriation. These solutions, however, are failing to overcome the challenges of declining resettlement opportunities, resistance from host countries, and prolonged conflicts in countries of origin. As a result, two-thirds of refugees currently live in a protracted situation.
How can states, supranational organizations and the academic community conceptualize new and innovative solutions to modern refugee crises? And how can these solutions ensure the respect of human rights—including the right to healthcare and social protection—for those who have been displaced?
This interdisciplinary workshop brings together scholars, policy-makers, and representatives from the UN and NGOs to examine the limits of the current refugee regime and explore alternative solutions. More specifically, this event will be a starting point for a discussion on the suitability and durability of current solutions to refugee crises, and will help bridge the divide between those who formulate international policies, those who implement them, and the refugees who are ultimately affected.
Welcome & opening remarks
Funding and collaboration opportunities - Cambridge Global Challenges
Keynote speech: Sir Stephen O'Brien
Panel 1: Fixing a broken refugee system?
Keynote speech: Mr. Sanjayan Srikanthan
Panel 2: Delivering health and healthcare for refugees and host communities in the Middle East
Keynote speech: Professor Alexander Aleinikoff
Panel 3: Refugees and the future of ’durable solutions’
Working group activity
Keynote speakers: comments and reflections