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Responding to the Ukrainian Refugee Plight: The EU and US Perspectives

Date & Time

Feb. 1, 2023
10:00am – 11:00am ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has led to one of the largest forced displacements since the Second World War. UNHCR estimates that more than 7.8 million Ukrainian refugees have fled to the neighboring countries and over 6.5 million people are internally displaced. The European Union and U.S. have responded with an unprecedented solidarity by providing emergency humanitarian aid and warm hospitality to the Ukrainian refugees. But as the war drags on, it raises the difficult question of how to sustain the international goodwill and long-term support for the refugees in the months or years ahead.

On the one year anniversary of this war, the Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative (RAFDI) will host a public event on February 1, 2023 at 10:00 am ET. The event will discuss challenges in responding to the humanitarian situation of this scale, roles of various stakeholders in addressing the urgent and long-term needs of the displaced people, and lessons learnt from the European Union and U.S. response to forced displacement.

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Syrian refugees crossing the border between Serbia and Croatia

Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative

In response to the growing number of forcibly displaced people and the need for facts that are accurate and objective, the Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative (RAFDI) provides evidence-based analyses that translate research findings into practice and policy impact. RAFDI aims to expand the space for new perspectives, constructive dialogue and sustainable solu­tions to inform policies that will improve the future for the displaced people.



Michael Koehler

Dr. Michael Koehler

Acting Director-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, The European Commission
Gerry Connolly

Representative Gerry Connolly

Head of U.S. Delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Member of Congressional Ukraine Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives
Julieta Noyes

Ambassador Julieta Valls Noyes

Assistant Secretary, State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

Hosted By

Congressional Relations

The Wilson Center’s office of Congressional Relations works to maintain a vibrant relationship with Members of Congress and their staffs. We organize and run a series of educational programs led by Wilson Center experts, ranging from seminars to private briefings, with the purpose of increasing congressional staffers’ knowledge of foreign policy. We also coordinate outreach to Capitol Hill, including testimonies by Wilson Center scholars and briefings specifically for Members of Congress.  Read more

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. We investigate European approaches to critical global issues: digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance. We also examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our program activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

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