High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, 2008

Protracted Refugee Situations

The 2008 meeting focused on protracted refugee situations and examined the challenges and opportunities for refugees and other stakeholders in camps, rural and urban contexts. The Dialogue moved forward discussions on the work that the UN refugee agency is pursuing in targeted protracted refugee situations under the auspices of a "Special Initiative on Protracted Situations." In particular, the Dialogue examined instruments that could critically affect and unlock protracted refugee situations. A concept paper outlining the key discussion points is available.

Two side events were organized. In one, an update was provided on UNHCR's follow-up of the results of the first Dialogue meeting last December. The second event provided the opportunity for a preliminary discussion on the challenges relating to refugees and asylum seekers in urban settings, an issue that will be the subject of further consideration in 2009.

From the Archives: Protracted Refugee Situations

A wide-ranging collection of UNHCR documents on the issue published since 1999.

Research & LibraryBackground Documents

Protracted Refugee Situations: Overview and Plan of Action

Read the report, "Protracted Refugee Situations: High Commissioner's Initiative"

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Opening Statement by High Commissioner António Guterres to 2008 Dialogue on Protection Challenges

Theme: Protracted Refugee Situations

Administration Statements by High Commissioner

Enduring exile, by António Guterres

High Commissioner's editorial article.

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Keynote Address by the Honourable Mizengo Peter Pinda

Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania

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Chairman’s Summary 2008 High Commissioner's Dialogue

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Discussion Paper: Protracted Refugee Situations

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Revisiting the Problem

Standing Committee's 2008 report on Protracted Refugee Situations.
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