Refugee Integration: Translating Local Experiences to Policy Solutions

A participant discusses refugee integration

March 21, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room Map

This consultation examined the policies and practices that support the successful reception and integration of refugees and forced migrants in three of the world’s most impacted countries: Turkey–which hosts more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees, Uganda with more than one million refugees from South Sudan, and Colombia that has received close to a million Venezuelans in the last year. While each of these host countries has its own specific political, social and economic contexts, they have each struggled with the pressures of accepting large numbers of refugees.

In this day-long meeting, representatives of host governments, civil society, the United Nations, and academia discussed their perspectives on what has worked to support refugees and the challenges they have faced. This small consultation, held under the Chatham House Rule to encourage open discussion, served as the basis for a policy brief summarizing good practices, identifying challenges, and suggesting concrete measures through which the international community can more effectively support countries receiving large numbers of refugees.

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