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Panel discussion "Refugee crisis in the Middle East: Protracted and precarious situation of Palestine refugees in focus".

Thursday 26 January; 15:00 – 16:30; University of Warsaw Library.

The world has recently witnessed large movements of population which resulted, among others, from the conflict in Syria and the rise of Daesh in the Middle East. Such flows put a spotlight on the conditions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees. Among the millions of people affected by the increased volatility in the region, Palestine refugees living in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip face a particular vulnerability due to the protracted nature of their situation and their precarious status in host countries.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Palestine. In the West Bank, violence and deprivation of human rights continue to be a daily reality. In Gaza, three rounds of conflict and ten years of blockade have led to a sharp socio-economic decline and a total absence of prospects for an entire generation of highly motivated and educated youth.
In other parts of the region too, Palestine refugees face many challenges. In Lebanon, they suffer from severely curtailed access to public services, little job opportunities and limited rights. A situation only made worse by the influx of Palestine refugees from Syria which, as in Jordan, has severely strained the Agency’s response capacity. Within Syria, the ongoing conflict has severely impacted the Palestine refugee population, 95% of whom now rely on humanitarian assistance from UNRWA to meet their most basic needs.

  •  Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl, UN Under-Secretary General and UNRWA Commissioner-General
  • Ambassador Piotr Puchta, Department of Africa and Middle East, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Dr. Patrycja Sasnal, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Project, Polish Institute of International Affairs

Panel moderated by Dr. Elżbieta Mikos-Skuza, Associate Professor of Public International Law at the University of Warsaw.
The discussion will be in English (no translation).

Location: room 256, new University of Warsaw Library, ul. Dobra 56/66
Admission is free.
Registration at i.roeu3@unrwa.org