Refugees in Syria's Neighbours: Exploring Policy Responses
In 2015, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees fled to Europe, and for many, this was not their first time. The decision to head for Europe was driven partly by deteriorating situations in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, where growing numbers of Syrians do not see a future for themselves. The prospect of refugees returning to Syria appears distant, and the Russian deployment has led to further displacement. Onward movement of refugees from Syria’s neighbours will continue and could gather pace should the situation further deteriorate.
International governments and organizations are contributing humanitarian aid, security assistance, fiscal and development financing, as well as institutional support to help these countries cope with the influx of refugees. Yet, the reception of refugees has exacerbated existing challenges in these countries, creating obstacles that can undermine the effectiveness of international support.
This workshop will convene international policy-makers together with civil society and experts to review sustainable policy responses to the needs of Syrian refugees and their host countries in the Middle East. Through exploring specific case studies, participants will ‘test drive’ recommendations for how the situation could be improved.
The Chatham House Rule
To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.