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Hi, this is Michelle. Over the last year, the European Union has welcomed Ukrainian refugees with open arms in a rare show of solidarity that deserves praise. But as the war rages on and shows no signs of letting up, the EU needs to start thinking long-term. The UN’s refugee protection chief Gillian Triggs tells us why.

We also hear why greenwashing is pushing some campaigners to consider ditching the fantasy of carbon neutrality and the UN trade chief explains in what areas Africa needs to step up.

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UN assistant high commissioner for refugee protection, Gillian Triggs. (Geneva Solutions/Michelle Langrand)

As the war drags on, what’s next for Ukrainian refugees? As Russian tanks rolled in and bombs started to rain down on Ukraine a little over a year ago, thousands and then millions of Ukrainians fled their homes in search of safety. European countries opened their borders and welcomed them in a surprising show of solidarity. It only took one week after the beginning of the invasion for the European Union to activate its temporary protection directive for Ukrainian refugees – the first time in the 20 years of existence of the scheme. Gillian Triggs, assistant high commissioner for refugee protection at the UN Refugee Agency, spoke with us about the lessons to be drawn from the EU’s experience and the limits of the scheme as the war in Ukraine drags on. She also had some thoughts about countries where refugee rights are actually regressing.

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