Topic A: Economic and Social Integration of Protracted Refugee Populations
Topic A: Economic and Social Integration of Protracted Refugee Populations: Currently there are 33 protracted refugee populations worldwide altogether accounting for 6.7 million refugees in 2015. The majority of these refugees are warehoused in isolated refugee camps and prohibited from employment. The resulting increase in domestic abuse, sexual trafficking and militia recruitment are of humanitarian concern. International conversation regarding protracted refugees is failing to acknowledge the economic and social benefits that could result from integration. This committee will focus on how to proceed with the economic and social integration of refugees in protracted situations. It will specifically consider different integrative methods that can mitigate the current humanitarian violations while alleviating and even improving current economic and social challenges.
Cayanne Chachati is a sophomore at Harvard College and is most likely concentrating in Government with a minor in Ethnicity Migration and Human Rights. In particular, Cayanne wants to explore the responsibility of governmental policies and structures in creating global inequalities. Her interests mainly revolve around immigration policy and specifically the unintended humanitarian consequences of social and economic policies. Cayanne is originally born and raised in Aleppo, Syria and spent her high school years in Lebanon. She began her humanitarian work with refugees in Lebanon and has since developed Educate2Empower, an initiative aimed at creating and teaching a curriculum that empowers refugee girls. Cayanne’s hobbies include playing and watching basketball, reading and travelling. Cayanne is very excited to be chairing at her first WorldMUN and cannot wait to see you all in Panama!
Topic B: Health Intervention in Refugee Populations
Currently more than 4 million refugees live in malaria prone areas. Millions of others suffer from malnutrition, communicable diseases, and food and water borne diseases on their long journeys to find safety. Yet when responding to these immediate needs and especially in intermediate countries, UNHCR faces critical challenges due to refugee mobility. In other protracted situations, refugees suffer from untreated mental health and reproductive health issues. This committee will focus on finding innovative ways to overcome the challenges inherently present in the basic health provisions of mobile populations. It will also consider the different factors that can influence the feasibility and importance of long-term intervention primarily in mental and reproductive health.