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Panel Discussion

Displacement in Afghanistan: How Should the International Community Respond?

With the sudden return to power of the Taliban following the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a new and growing group of Afghans are fleeing Afghanistan or becoming displaced within the country.

In addition to the very real threats to gains in democracy, freedom of expression and women’s rights, political and military upheaval leading to forced displacement outside of the country will impact countries in the region, many of which are hosting many refugees and migrants already in their countries.

At the same time some countries have indicated that they cannot or will not accept more refugees from Afghanistan.

Join this discussion with Afghanistan civil society and regional experts about the evolving situation and how countries in the region and the international community can respond to a growing humanitarian crisis. 

This World Refugee & Migration Council event, co-hosted with the US Institute of Peace and the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies, will discuss questions including:

  • What is the situation in Afghanistan? Should the international community be concerned about a major new outflow of refugees and increased numbers of internationally displaced persons?
  • If forced to leave the country, where will Afghans go? What regular migration pathways or other options may be available?
  • What is the responsibility of the international community? What solutions can be brought to the table?

Date and Time

14 September 2021, 09:00-10:30 EDT | 16:00-17:30 Geneva


Fen Osler Hampson - WRMC President and Chancellor's Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University  


Belquis Ahmadi - Senior Program Officer, Afghanistan Program, USIP  

Nipa Banerjee - Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa  

Fawzia Koofi  - Former Deputy Speaker of the Afghan Parliament and Head of the Women’s Affairs Commission

Eileen McCarthy - Advocacy Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council, Afghanistan

Alpaslan Özerdem - Dean of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution

Sima Samar - UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, former Afghanistan State Minister for Human Rights and International Affairs  

Najeeba Wazefadost - Afghan refugee, Co-founder Asian Pacific Network of Refugees and Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders  

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