The mass movement of populations – refugees, internally displaced people and vulnerable migrants – is driving one of the most devastating humanitarian situations of our time. One in every 113 people in the world is a refugee, displaced person or an asylum seeker and such displacement often last for decades.
There has been some willingness across the globe to collectively address both the causes and the consequences of such population movements. The twin summits on refugees and migration at the United Nations in September made some progress toward wider global commitments to addressing displacement head-on. However, such openness could quickly turn to isolationism as countries continue to adopt restrictive refugee policies and as the political space for dialogue becomes more limited.
Delivering the HPG annual lecture this year is Karen AbuZayd. As the former Special Advisor to this year’s United Nations General Assembly Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, she discusses what needs to be done next to strengthen global responses for refugees and vulnerable migrants.
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