Ukraine: Reviving the Spirit of Refuge and Asylum?


War in Ukraine has displaced five million refugees in the span of a few short weeks, prompting the US and EU to expand resettlement programs for Ukrainians fleeing the conflict. Yet, even as the US and Europe open their arms to Ukrainians, restrictions remain in place for refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants from Central America, the Sahel, and the Middle East, often in direct violation of the universal rights afforded to people seeking refuge and asylum. This event features a conversation with David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee, followed by a panel of legal and policy experts who reflect on the role and responsibility of the US and other countries with respect to human mobility. The event coincides with the UN’s first “International Migration Review Forum,” (May 17-20), which culminated in an intergovernmental “Progress Declaration.” Issues related not only to refugees, but also to stateless persons, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and people displaced by disaster, especially climate change-related disaster, are of increasing concern. Our panel steps back from domestic policy to look at the larger global reordering of migration and will explore the importance of U.S. leadership on the international stage.

Michael D. Cooper
, Member of the Council on International Affairs, Associate Vice President at University of Oxford North American Office

David Miliband
, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee, and former Foreign Secretary, United Kingdom
T. Alexander Aleinikoff, University Professor, The New School of Social Research
Eleanor Acer, Senior Director, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First
Camille Le Coz, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Sponsoring Committee:
Council on International Affairs, Mark A. Meyer, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Task Force on the Rule of Law, Stephen L. Kass, Chair
United Nations, Clayton T. Cheney & Catherine van Kampen, Co-Chairs
International Law, Ulyana Barden, Chair
International Environmental Law, Kenneth Rivlin, Chair
European Affairs, Jonathan Halpern, Chair
International Human Rights, Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu, Chair
Immigration & Nationality Law, Danny Alicea, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
University of Oxford, North American Office
The Migration Policy Institute
Human Rights First
Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility
International Rescue Committee