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Panel Discussion: Displacement in Afghanistan

On September 14, the WRMC hosted a panel discussion with the US Institute of Peace and University of Ottawa's Centre for International Policy Studies where Afghan civil society and regional experts discussed the evolving situation in the country and how countries in the region and the international community can respond to the growing humanitarian crisis.

Panelists including Belquis AhmadiNipa BanerjeeFawzia KoofiEileen McCarthyAlpaslan ÖzerdemSima Samar, and Najeeba Wazefadost discussed the discussed the current situation in Afghanistan, what regular migration pathways or other options may be available, the responsibility of the international community, and more.


On September 8, the WRMC hosted a discussion on the role of private and community sponsorship refugee initiatives as found in Canada and elsewhere. Panelists discussed the urgent needs of Afghan women refugees, how private and community sponsorship programs work, and opportunities to ramp up sponsorship in the United States and elsewhere. Watch.


On September 9, the WRMC launched new research looking at long-term prospects for refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The new reports put a particular focus on how countries hosting large numbers of refugees can be more effectively supported by the international community. Watch.

As part of the research launch, WRMC Honorary Chair HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal delivered opening remarks on moving from seeing refugees as a burden to human capital. Read.



In this Op-Ed, Diana Rayes and WRMC VP of Research Elizabeth Ferris discuss the realities facing Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, noting that while local populations welcomed the refugees initially – and indeed the expectation in all three countries was that the displacement would be a temporary phenomenon — that welcome is wearing thin. Read.

WRMC President Fen Hampson spoke to the Burma Task Force as part of their campaign Let Rohingya Learn which is aimed at confronting the need for Rohingya education in Bangladesh.

Dr. Hampson discussed how more than 400,000 Rohingya refugee children between the ages of 12 and 17 are being deprived of educational opportunities by the Bangladeshi Government. Watch.

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