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Policies & Partnerships Supporting Refugees

JUNE 19, 2020  |  DIGITAL EVENT 

10:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT

With the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic collapse, long-known fissures in the global humanitarian response are widening into chasms. Global collaboration and prioritization of the international refugee crisis is more essential now than ever before, especially with today’s pandemic hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. Concordia and its partners will tackle two shapers of the current response—U.S. refugee asylum policy and private sector-led global humanitarian efforts—in a series of in-depth, collaborative dialogues convening high-level decision-makers from the public, private, and civil society spaces.

Concordia Crisis Action Alliance: Private Sector Partnerships Addressing Refugee Needs in a Pandemic

Programming Partner: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

Program: 10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT
Q & A: 11:00 am – 11:15 am EDT

Driven by conflict, violence, persecution, and challenging socioeconomic conditions, forced displacement and mass migration numbers have largely increased over the years. While worldwide NGO and governmental initiatives have played a substantial role in providing relief to refugees, more long-term and financially-sustainable solutions are needed to alleviate the effects of forced migration and foster economic inclusion of vulnerable populations. Under the shadow of today’s global pandemic, private sector engagement and cross-sector partnership is imperative.

As part of Concordia’s Crisis Action Alliance, this session examined the role of private sector partnerships in assessing recovery and resiliency in the migration and refugee crisis, while also aligning efforts with existing governmental and NGO work, and mapped out possible solutions and immediate actions to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on this global phenomenon.


From Communities to Congress – US Policy Landscape & Action for Refugees

Programming Partner: Refugee Congress & Refugee Council USA

Program: 11:30 am – 12:45 pm EDT
Q & A: 12:45 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Immigration has been present in the U.S. political debate for decades, as legislators from both sides of the spectrum have intended to make their case on the economic and social concerns of mass migration into the country. Because Congress has been unable to reach an agreement, major decisions have shifted towards the executive branch. With more than 14% of the U.S. population composed of immigrants, congressionally-mandated policies around this matter are critical. This Strategic Dialogue gathered experts on immigration issues and legislation from different backgrounds to discuss how legislators can reach a common ground in developing programs and policies that will favor migration and refugee protection in the U.S. and other key parts of the world where forced migrations are taking place.