Conferences, Workshops and Meetings
Conference on International Cooperation in Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees in the
The refugee situation that has gripped the Middle East and Euroection in bordering countries and in the larger neighborhood. Host countries have faced challenges providing refugees with basic needs and ensuring their livelihoods. Refugees fleeing persecution and violence are a common responsibility of the international community. Therefore, how to share responsibility for their protection and livelihoods is a crucial and persistent issue.
In this context, the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) held a two-day Conference on International Cooperation in Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees in the Euro-Mediterranean Space on October 9 - 10, 2017 at the Tahrir Campus in Cairo.
In the opening session on October 9, the Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy welcomed the participants and delivered a speech on the subject of the conference. Opening remarks were also made during the session by the Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt and the Country Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Following that, six panels were held on the 9th and 10th on subjects of refugee protection, the political discourse over refugees, the media and refugees, the migration-refugee nexus, the access of refugees to labor markets and ensuring livelihoods for refugees. Panelists were senior academics, researchers and experts from reputed universities and institutions in the Middle East, Europe and North America as well as representatives of international organizations. In two following plenary sessions, participants discussed reports on debates in the six panels. In the closing session, the academics, researchers and experts participating in the conference issued a statement meant as a contribution to the preparatory process leading up to the discussion and adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2018. Below is the link to the statement
The conference attracted a large and diverse audience until its very end. In addition to academics and researchers, the audience included Egyptian government officials, representatives from Middle Eastern and European Embassies, EU diplomats, UN officials, representatives of civil society organizations, members of refugee communities in Cairo and interested public at large.
The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies will produce a report on the conference in a few weeks. A special issue of a journal or a book bringing together research undertaken by panelists on the subjects of their interventions at the conference will also be published later.
Statement by the academics, researchers and experts participating in the conference
International Cooperation in Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees in the Euro-Mediterranean Space
October 9-10, 2017
The refugee crisis gripping the Middle East and Europe this decade is a tragedy for millions of children, women and men seeking protection in bordering countries. Host countries are facing challenges in providing for basic needs and ensuring livelihoods. Refugees fleeing persecution and violence are a common responsibility of the international community. Thus, the issue of how to share responsibility for their protection is persistent and crucial for sustainable solutions.
In this context, a one-day roundtable was held at The American University in Cairo (AUC) on October 3, 2016 to discuss the issues raised due to the necessity to provide protection to the refugees and meet their needs in the Euro-Mediterranean space. The discussion was organized by the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) and the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at AUC. Participants at the roundtable agreed on the need to convene a Conference on International Cooperation in Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees in the Euro-Mediterranean Space. In addition to addressing the specific refugee situation in the Euro-Mediterranean space, the conference will consider contributing to more general discussions about international cooperation regarding responsibility-sharing, including in the context of the Compact on Large Movements of Refugees. The conference will be hosted by CMRS from October 9 to 10, 2017 in AUC Tahrir Square.
UN-ESCWA – CMRS Expert Group Meeting
Endurance, Resistance, and Survival: Women and Girls in Conflict and Humanitarian Settings in the Arab Region
October 7 - 8 2015
The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy's Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, has held a Consultative Expert Group Meeting on the Social and Economic Situation of Women in Conflict Stricken Countries in the Arab Region on October 7 and 8, 2015.
The purpose of this meeting was to discuss a study that examines the effects of various forms of conflict on women in contemporary Arab states and the socio-economic challenges they face. The study also addresses the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in safeguarding the rights and safety of women in situations of conflict and discusses structural changes (if any) and implications in women's political participation in recent uprisings and conflicts.
The methodology, conceptual framework and preliminary findings of this study were presented at the meeting in order to identify any gaps and shortcomings and the participants proposed revisions and recommendations with the purpose of strengthening the study and its potential contribution to a better understanding of the issues in question.