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Think Change episode 35: is the international community failing on its shared commitment to refugees?

Written by Sara Pantuliano, Amanda Gray Meral, Zoe Gardner, Shaza Alrihawi, Lauren Post Thomas


The rights and treatment of refugees is never far from the media headlines. Hostile narratives and politicised rhetoric dominate the news at a time when globally, solidarity for refugees continues to decline.

But with devastating conflict and climate hazards forcing more and more people from their homes, is the international community failing on its shared commitment to refugees?

It’s been five years since the global compact on refugees was established in 2018, a commitment that enshrines responsibility to governments, international organisations, and other stakeholders to support refugees and host communities.

With the Global Refugee Forum due to take place in Geneva this December, on this episode we look critically at the difference these agreements can make and how can we hold signatories to account. We ask our guests if the vision of global solidarity for refugees and their hosts is still achievable.

Speakers

  • Sara Pantuliano (host), Chief Executive, ODI
  • Shaza Alrihawi, Human Rights Activist, Global Refugee-Led Network
  • Zoe Gardner, Migration Policy Specialist
  • Amanda Gray Meral, Research Fellow, ODI
  • Lauren Post Thomas, Senior Advocacy Officer, Hilton Foundation