On Wednesday, 3rd July 2024, the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS), in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), held a panel discussion to mark World Refugee Day. The event, titled "Beyond Traditional Solutions: Innovative Approaches to Refugee Support," took place at CHS in Doha, Qatar. 

The panel discussion featured presentations by Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail Elamin, former Minister of State at the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Professor of Islam and Global Affairs at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU); Dr. Mohamed Salah Ibrahim, Director of Relief and International Programs at the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS); Ms. Yara Khawaja, Deputy Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Qatar; and Mr. Ahmed Mohsen, UNHCR Representative to the State of Qatar. The session was moderated by Dr. Mohammed Al-Sousi, Senior Advisor at CHS.

The discussion aimed to explore innovative and sustainable approaches that enhance traditional solutions and introduce new methods to effectively support refugees. It also addressed the obstacles facing refugee resettlement, local integration, and voluntary repatriation. The event provided an opportunity to benefit from the diverse experiences of the speakers, fostering a more effective and comprehensive response to global forced displacement crises.

Speakers addressed the challenges faced by displaced individuals both within and outside their home countries, as well as the impact of asylum on host nations amidst numerous global conflicts. They highlighted the difficulties of integrating refugees into host countries due to ongoing economic crises and discussed the obstacles to the voluntary, dignified, and safe return of refugees, considering the persistent conflicts and insufficient funding for humanitarian organisations.

The discussion also touched on innovative approaches to complement and enhance traditional solutions, focusing particularly on securing new funding avenues for refugees. It emphasised diplomatic coordination between host governments and refugee-focused organisations, whether international or local, advocating for a policy framework to integrate diplomatic solutions with broader national policies. There was also emphasis on the critical role of advocacy and media engagement in countering hate speech and misinformation about refugees. Speakers underscored the importance of engaging refugees directly in reconstruction and resettlement efforts, recognising their vital role in shaping reform policies.

Following the presentations, in-person attendees had the opportunity to share their perspectives, provide their input, and ask questions regarding support provided to refugees. These contributions enriched the discussion on this critical topic and facilitated an exchange of experiences among attendees, enhancing the understanding of the challenges faced by refugees, and fostering more effective and comprehensive solutions.