An unprecedented 79.5 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide, 1% of the entire human population. Displacement is among the most pressing topics on the international agenda for policy makers today. This number is the highest it has ever been and is likely to keep increasing due to the worsening conditions of climate change, resource shortages, unending conflicts, demographic changes, and more. Policies surrounding this topic used to be temporary in nature, such as shelters and camps, but now many policies have to stretch into something more permanent in many cases to withstand the growing length of time people stay displaced in today’s world. Therefore, new policy solutions are needed to better address the issues for the refugees of today and tomorrow.
The Refugee Standing Committee (RSC) is designed to educate and foster constructive engagement and practical dialogue between experts in refugee policy.
RSC intends to commission new research to understand the causes of displacement and the policies aimed to address the issues more thoroughly, to publish regular newsletters and policy briefs, to hold public events and to arrange meetings with policy makers in DC and elsewhere.
The RSC is Chaired by Lavinia Limon, former Presidential Appointee to the Office of Refugee Resettlement and President and CEO of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.
Convener: Dina Dajani, Deputy Director, Center for Global Policy
Elizabeth Campbell, Director, UNRWA
Devon Cone, Senior Advocate, Refugees International
Karen Jacobsen, Professor in Global Migration, Tufts University
Amy Slaughter, Senior Advisor, Refuge Point
Jen Smyers, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Immigration and Refugee Program, Church World Service
Graeme Rodgers, Technical Advisor, Research, International Rescue Committee
Monette Zard, Director, Program in Forced Migration and Health, Columbia University