Panel discussion with the High Commissioner, chaired by Maria G. Jumbert. Photo: PRIO / Nancy Bundt

On Tuesday, 8 March, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visited PRIO to participate in a panel discussion. The topic of discussion was how we best respond to global displacement. 

​Grandi was joined on the panel by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Gunn Jorid Roset, Director of Section for Humanitarian Affairs at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maja Janmyr, Professor in International Migration Law, and Olivier Mukuta, Co-founder of VipiCash. The discussion was moderated by Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Research Director at PRIO and Co-Director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS).

The panel discussed how the international community can work together to protect and assist refugees, and to find durable solutions to increasingly complex displacement situations, such as the unfolding situation in Ukraine. The space and place for refugee participation in shaping these processes and outcomes was also discussed.

"The disturbing developments in Ukraine have sadly put the issue of refugees and forced displacement once again at the top of the global political agenda. We at PRIO remain committed to the value of knowledge exchange between researchers, policymakers and practitioners in this area. It was therefore an honor to host the UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi for this illuminating discussion of this important issue," says PRIO Director Henrik Urdal.

The panel was co-hosted by NCHS and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in association with the PRIO Migration Centre and the Norwegian Red Cross.

A recording from the event will be made available on the event page next week.