Social Protection for Refugees: Utopia or Necessity?

16 september, 13:30-15:00, Tändstickspalatset, Västra Trädgårdsgatan 15, Stockholm

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The global number of forcibly displaced people is record high, surpassing 100 million registered refugees. 53 million of these are internally displaced within their own country. Refugee situations are becoming increasingly protracted, increasing numbers of refugees stay in cities, rather than in camps.

Responses to these situations require close collaboration between various actors, which is often difficult. One area where collaboration between local host authorities, long-term development and humanitarian actors is warranted concern social protection system for refugees. But is this feasible? Where do countries stand today on the inclusion of refugees?

A new report by the OECD and the Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) maps to what extent refugees and IDPs have legal and de facto access to social protection. Such a mapping also opens up for wider questions of inclusion.

Jens Hesemann, Senior Policy Advisor, OECD-DCD, Paris
Lisa Hjelm, Programme Manager, EBA
Måns Fellesson, Linköping University and Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Helena Sancho, Program Specialist Migration and Triple Nexus, Sida
Sajjad Malik, Director, Division of Resilience and Solutions, UNHCR, Geneva

Moderator: Helena Lindholm, EBA