refugees


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 […]

Migrants or refugees? ‘Let’s do both’. Brazil’s response to Venezuelan displacement challenges legal definitions

As Venezuelan large-scale displacement worsened and some South American countries adopted more restrictive policies, only one country in the region recognised large numbers of Venezuelans as refugees and, at the same time, adopted a longer-term regularisation policy based on a regional agreement. That country is Brazil, which is not governed by a leftist political party […]

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 […]

Hotspots and Relocation Schemes: the right therapy for the Common European Asylum System?

Introduction The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and the Schengen travel area are in considerable jeopardy. The spontaneous arrival of approximately one million persons in 2015, 90% from the top refugee-producing countries of the world (UNHCR), has cruelly exposed their paradoxes and set in motion centrifugal forces that appear to threaten their very existence (The […]