Stephanie Acker


Who’s leading refugee policy? Increasingly, refugees

In just a few days, world leaders will gather in Geneva for the Global Refugee Forum. Who will be included, perhaps in the most significant way since the adoption of the Geneva Convention almost 70 years ago? Refugees themselves. The Global Refugee Forum is significant symbolically and practically for the future of refugee policy, bringing […]

Doing the math to end the refugee crisis: Is it possible? 

Despite the number of refugees more than doubling in the past decade alone, there’s continual celebration of one of the Global Compact on Refugees’ initiatives to resettle one million refugees, cumulatively, over 10 years. Is finding solutions for one million of the world’s more than 20m refugees the best we can do? Responsibility-sharing is viewed […]

Is the Global Compact on Refugees having an impact? Leaders from around the globe gather to take stock at the High-Level Officials Meeting.

In mid-December 2021, I joined hundreds of leaders from around the globe for a virtual two-day gathering to assess progress on the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). Leaders represented UN member states, non-UN member states, city governments, international organizations, the private sector, academia, sports organizations, and refugee-led organizations. The agenda was largely […]

Housing First transformed homelessness in the USA, could it do the same for refugee resettlement?

Once again, the world’s refugee crisis has taken centre stage, with the count rising to more than 26 million refugees worldwide. At the current rate it will take 18 years just to meet today’s refugee resettlement needs. What might hold clues to the large-scale, systemic change that refugee resettlement needs? Homelessness. The parallels between homelessness […]