Brookings: On refugee integration and the Global Compact on Refugees: Lessons from Turkey

In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which included commitments to protecting the rights of “people on the move” and to sharing responsibility for their wellbeing, and laid out the process for developing a new Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), to be adopted later this year.

On January 30, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) hosted a panel discussion on Turkey’s experience with integrating roughly 3.5 million refugees and how that experience can inform the Compact. Izza Leghtas, senior advocate at Refugees International, discussed the findings of her recent report, “I am only looking for my rights,” on the difficulties refugees face in accessing legal employment and the need for livelihood programs in Turkey’s urban centers. On the basis of his recently completed Syrian Barometer 2017, Murat Erdoğan, director of the Migration and Integration Research Center at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul, reflected on the attitudes of the Turkish public toward refugee integration, as well as attitudes of the refugees themselves toward their host societies. Elizabeth Ferris, research professor at the Institute of Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, remarked on how Turkey’s experience could relate to the broader issues surrounding global refugee governance and inform the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (a component of the GCR). Kemal Kirişci, TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Turkey Project at Brookings,  moderated the discussion.

Following the discussion, panelists took questions from the audience.

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Al Jazeera: Can Kiribati be saved or will it drown?

In the first of a special week of shows from the Sundance Film Festival, we look at the island nation's plight and the story of the film "Anote's Ark".

The island nation of Kiribati is under threat of drowning - and former President Anote Tong hopes that grim reality will warn other countries about the real-world consequences of climate change. In "Anote's Ark" - a new documentary film premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival - Tong travels the globe to highlight the plight of his impoverished nation, whose 100,000 residents are now at risk of becoming refugees due to sea level rise.

“It’s a very personal, emotional story", says the film's producer, Bob Moore. "It’s pure storytelling, telling the next major story around climate change, which is climate migration.” Given Kiribati's location in the Pacific Ocean, the possibility that residents would have to one day flee their homes caught them off guard.

"Kiribati is in the centre of the world", says Tong in the film's opening narration. "So far away, so isolated - we thought we would be immune from the tribulations of this world." A World Bank report in July 2016 suggested that Australia and New Zealand allow open access migration for Pacific nations to spur economic growth and alleviate the pressure of forced mass migration.

So, are Kiribati and its people resigned to their fate, or can something be done to prevent disaster?

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Anote Tong
Former President, Republic of Kiribati

Matthieu Rytz @MatthieuRytz
Director, Anote’s Ark

Alice Thomas @AliceRThomas
Climate Displacement Programme Manager, Refugees International

Read more:
Montreal filmmaker at Sundance explores plight of tiny nation Kiribati - National Post
Waiting for the tide to turn: Kiribati's fight for survival - The Guardian
Climate science is not a belief system - Al Jazeera

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Georgetown University: The Labor Market Integration of Refugees

The Labor Market Integration of Refugees: Insights from an RI Field Report on Turkey and from Selected Experiences Worldwide

The Labor Market Integration of Refugees:
Insights from an RI Field Report on Turkey
and from Selected Experiences Worldwide

Main Presenter
Izza Leghtas
Senior Advocate, Refugees International (RI)

Kirsten Schuettler
Senior Program Officer, World Bank, and
Focal Point, Forced Migration and Development Working Group
Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD)

Prof. Elizabeth Ferris
Research Professor, ISIM

CSIS: Sounding the Alarm on Southern Africa’s Food Crisis

Southern Africa’s worst drought in decades has left 40 million people, 14 percent of the region’s total population, food insecure this year. The World Food Programme is significantly scaling up operations to reach over 13 million by January 2017, but funding shortfalls remain acute: the Southern African Development Community estimates a gap of $2.5 billion. 

Please join us for the launch of a new report and introductory film from the CSIS Global Food Security Project, Improving Relief and Development Responses to Climate Variability: Emerging Lessons from the 2015–2016 El Niño in Southern Africa. The report, based on research in Malawi and Mozambique, examines the food insecurity crisis induced by one of the strongest El Niño weather systems on record. Panelists will assess the humanitarian response so far, highlight the priority unmet needs, and consider what affected countries and their development partners can do to prepare communities for future climate-related food shocks.

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