Judith Kumin is Adjunct Professor in the Politics and Society Program at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and works as a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children.
Dr. Kumin worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from 1979 to 2012. From 2009 – 2011 she was UNHCR’s Director for Europe and Representative to the European Union; in 2012 she authored UNHCR’s State of the World’s Refugees. Earlier, she served inter alia as UNHCR Representative in the Benelux countries, Canada, Germany, and Yugoslavia; and as Director of Public Information. Over the years, she was involved with refugee resettlement in several capacities, having led the agency’s program for Orderly Departure from Vietnam, supervised the resettlement of Indochinese refugees out of Thailand and of East European refugees out of Yugoslavia, and having launched the program for resettlement of Bosnian refugees out of Germany in the 1990s.
Dr. Kumin has taught at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and at the Free University of Brussels.
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Refugee resettlement, typically thought of as a government-led activity, can also be sponsored by private individuals, groups, corporations, and other entities. This report examines the small number of private sponsorship programs that exist in Canada, Argentina, Australia, and elsewhere. It suggests that similar arrangements could enhance refugee resettlement opportunities in the European Union.