The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) hosted a free event on its initiative, “Rethinking the Global Refugee Protection System,” from 8:30am-12:00pm on June 16, 2017 in the Town Hall Room at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP (801 17th Street, NW , Washington, DC 20006).
The event built upon CMS’ three-day symposium in 2016 with representatives from states, the UN system, supranational entities, academia, and leading non-governmental organizations on cutting-edge ideas to re-conceptualize and strengthen the global refugee protection system. In conjunction with the symposium, CMS commissioned papers on different aspects of the refugee protection system by leading scholars. These papers are part of a special edition of our public policy journal, the Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS), available at https://cmsny.org/cms-research/refugeeproject/.
With the number of displaced in the world at an historically high level, and with more than 21 million refugees worldwide, experts featured in this event discussed the challenges confronting the global refugee protection system, including US refugee policy, and offered possible reforms to the global and US refugee protection systems.