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This event, hosted by UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society, will discuss the role of Britain in helping resolve the Ukrainian humanitarian disaster.

Russia’s attack on Ukraine on the 24th of February 2022 has led to the displacement of people within Europe at a scale unseen for over 77 years. With circa 5 1/2 million people now taking up temporary residence outside of their home country, the war is affecting the entirety of Europe and the world.

Britain has been at the forefront of the humanitarian response to Ukraine’s tragedy. The overwhelming reaction from ordinary people and British businesses saw tonnes of humanitarian aid delivered, helping innumerable people. The governmental response, with Ukrainian specialist visa schemes, is an unprecedented response to a humanitarian crisis. However, is the government doing enough, can the private sector work in conjunction with the government, and what lessons can be learned from the past five months to make future engagement even more effective?

To discuss these issues, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to welcome Lord Harrington, the Minister for Refugees, Brooks Newmark, a former MP and humanitarian activist, and representatives of World Jewish Relief, who are helping Ukrainians on the ground.


Judith Fagelson – Health and Social Care Projects Manager for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, World Jewish Relief

Richard Harrington – Minister of State (Minister for Refugees) jointly in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Home Office

Brooks Newmark – Visiting Academic in the Department of Politics & International Relations, Oxford University, Member of the Government’s Advisory Board on Rough Sleeping, Member of the International Commission on Missing Persons Panel of Experts


Dr Stepan Stepanenko – Research Fellow, The Henry Jackson Society

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