5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Strengthening Refugee and Host Communities: Livelihoods, Education, and Social Protections

There will be a webcast of this event

As the Global Compact on Refugees notes, millions of refugees “live in protracted situations, often in low- and middle-income countries facing their own economic and development challenges.” According to UNHCR, almost 12.2 million Syrians in the Middle East either are refugees in neighboring host countries or internally displaced. Eight years into the Syrian conflict, the refugee crisis continues to put economic and political pressures on host communities and international actors. Facing the duration of their displacement, the international community is shifting its focus on durable solutions that improve Syrian livelihoods within the host community. This panel will highlight the current reality with a focus on those long-term solutions focused on education and inclusion in the workforce and society.

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  • Richard Albright

    Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Department of State
  • Professor Sahar Aziz

    Professor of Law and Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar
  • Amy Austin Holmes

    Associate Professor of Sociology, American University in Cairo
  • Jana Mason

    Senior Advisor for External Relations and Government Affairs, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees