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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 […]

Tradable Refugee-admission Quotas: A Policy Proposal to Reform the EU Asylum policy

The current refugee crisis is putting EU policies and institutions dealing with refugees and asylum seekers under heavy pressure to reform. The emergency humanitarian situation and the sheer volumes involved act as stress-tests for the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). It is fair to say that the existing system has not been up to the […]