Over five million people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion on 24 February. Amid the fastest and largest displacement in Europe since World War II, the EU has mostly been united in its support of Ukrainians – as evidenced by the first-ever activation of the two-decade-old Temporary Protection Directive. But the groundswell of solidarity reaches beyond the EU+: Several countries farther afield, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, the UK, and the US, have made new or existing migration channels available.
The global response to displacement from Ukraine is remarkable in several ways, not least in its speed and scope, as well as its advancing of community/private sponsorship and other complementary pathways, approaches to expanding protection that were already building momentum before the war. As the conflict continues, this webinar will explore: How countries are rolling out new or expanding current initiatives, how these contribute to global responsibility sharing, whether they can in fact alleviate pressure on main receiving countries, and what longer term prospects might look like.