A panel discussion on comprehensive responses to the refugee issue was jointly organized by G20 Engagement Groups the Civil 20 (C20) and Think 20 (T20),on Saturday November 14, ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit 2015 (Nov. 15-16).

More than 12 million Syrians have been driven from their homes over the last four years, with 7.6 million internally displaced and approximately 4.1 million refugees, largely hosted by neighbouring countries Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. Home to over 2 million Syrian refugees, and 230,000 further refugees from countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Somalia, Turkey currently hosts more refugees than any other country in the world.

The purpose of this panel was to explore a range of possible policy propositions to address the challenges facing Syria’s immediate neighbours and other host countries, while at the same time ensuring the rights of refugees are recognized and respected, regardless of their current country of residence and/or their intended country of destination.

The panel speakers were:

Kemal Kirişci, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project, Brookings Institute

Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa, International Representative, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) 

Daniel Gorevan, Campaigns and Policy Manager - Syria Crisis, Oxfam

Domenico Lombardi, Director of Global Economy Program, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Dr Rim Turkmani, Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics; and Founder of Tamas, the Syrian Civil Coalition

Timur Kaymaz, Researcher, Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV)

Vanessa Zuabi, Associate Vice President of External Relations and Strategic Initiatives, Middle East Investment Initiative, Washington, DC