Symposium on Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees
April 16, 2018
The international refugee system has, over the years, protected and assisted millions of refugees fleeing persecution and violence. But, as numbers increase, the burden of supporting refugees is felt unevenly. 85% of the world’s refugees seek protection in developing countries where host governments often feel abandoned by the international community. This Symposium considered the challenge of how to develop a more effective system of sharing responsibility for refugees, including current efforts to develop a new Global Compact on Refugees, civil society efforts to determine a ‘fair share’ allocation of refugees, and the implications of the Trump administration’s policies on the global refugee system.
- Elizabeth Ferris–Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University
- James Milner–Carleton University, Canada
- Ninette Kelley–UNHCR representative in New York
- David Donoghue–(former Irish Ambassador to the UN and chief negotiator for the New York Declaration), Dublin, Ireland
- Tristan Harley–University of New South Wales, Australia
- Sarnata Reynolds–Oxfam, USA
- David Cantor–Refugee Law Initiative, University of London
- Anne Richard–(former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration and Georgetown Centennial Fellow), USA
Results: The public event contained presentations that, among other things, described responsibility-sharing frameworks used by countries in the past and the consequences of inadequate responsibility-sharing mechanisms for countries on the front line. Suggestions made at the off-the-record strategy session for strengthening responsibility-sharing were fed into discussions and negotiations related to the Global Compact on Refugees and the World Refugee Council.