Strengthening Refugee Access, Equity and Inclusion: Developing a New Framework

October 13, 2016 - 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Columbia University

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Columbia University, New York 
Lecture Hall, 3rd floor - Pulitzer Hall
Columbia Journalism School
Symposium agenda displays the list of topics and speakers.

The Columbia Global Centers in Amman and Istanbul are organizing a symposium at Columbia University in New York to address the gap in the linkages between humanitarian response and development in light of a rapidly changing global context, and the need for new paradigms of refugee assistance and inclusion. The symposium will feature Columbia faculty engaged in the refugee issue, practitioners from the MENA region, and scholars who have been instrumental in treating refugee movements as a developmental issue in the context of Uganda and Malawi in the 1990s.

The aim of the symposium is three-fold:

  • Discuss Columbia University’s initiatives related to the refugee crisis, and present research on how to improve refugees’ access to health services, inclusive education and sustainable employment opportunities.
  • Highlight developmental approaches developed and practiced in the context of past humanitarian crises, extract lessons and reflect on its relevance today.
  • Ensure a robust scholarly exchange that will offer the possibility for partnerships to develop across campus with counterparts from the MENA region, and consider how academic institutions of higher education like Columbia University could inform future multidisciplinary interventions to support the inclusion of Syrian refugees.

The symposium is organized around the following themes:

  1. The Refugee Response: Past Experiences and Current Practices
  2. Developing a New Paradigm of Refugee Inclusion in Host Countries
  3. The Role of Academic Institutions in Advancing Knowledge on this Global Humanitarian Challenge

Sessions include:

Session 1: Overview of the Refugee Crisis and Main Challenges Preventing Inclusion – The MENA Context

Session 2: Past Experiences with the Integration of Refugees

Session 3: Pathways to Enhancing and Leveraging Human Capacity: Education, Employment and Health

Session 4: Shifting the Paradigm: Reflecting on Policy Responses at the Local, National and Global Levels

​Closing Session: The Role of the University in Advancing Policy Responses and Reshaping the Narrative


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