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Aurélie Ponthieu

Empty Promises? Radical Policy Shift Needed on Refugees and Migrants

 [An asylum seeker holds a sign addressing EU leaders at the Greek border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Image: MSF]

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly brought together for the first time all UN Member states to work on a more “coordinated and humane approach” to large movements of refugees and migrants. Described as an “historic opportunity to come up with a blue print for a better international response,” the timing of this high level meeting could not have been better. With millions of refugees and migrants on the move and a deadly epidemic of restrictive migration and asylum ...

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Aurélie Ponthieu


Aurélie Ponthieu has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières since 2006. Since 2011, she has been working as Humanitarian Specialist on displacement for MSF in Brussels. She provides support to MSF operations in terms of context analysis, positioning and advocacy strategies on forced migration and the humanitarian impact of asylum and migration policies. Before working at MSF in Brussels, she worked in the field with MSF for five years in Niger (2006), Sudan (2007-2008), Chad (2008), Colombia (2009), and Haiti (2010). She also worked in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Aurélie can be found on Twitter @PonthieuAurelie