Join the Niskanen Center on April 19th for a special panel discussion on privately funded refugee resettlement. Featuring Niskanen’s David Bier, Wendy Cukier from the Lifeline Syria project in Canada, and more speakers soon to be announced for an examination of how privately funded resettlement programs can increase refugee admissions in a cost effective and philanthropic way. Please RSVP here.

Event Summary:

The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The United States government has promised to increase refugee resettlement but so far has not delivered. One innovative solution would allow private individuals to fund or sponsor refugees for admission. The United States has a long history of private refugee resettlement that should act as inspiration for new private sector-driven refugee admissions. Come join us for a discussion on privately funded refugee resettlement and possible designs for such a program with a panel of refugee scholars.


  • David Bier, Director of Immigration Policy at the Niskanen Center
  • Wendy Cukier, Member of the Board of Directors at Lifeline Syria, Vice President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University
  • Other speakers to be announced soon.

Moderated by Kristie De Pena, Policy Counsel at the Niskanen Center


12pm on April 19th.


Dirksen Senate Office Building – Room 562

RSVP here.

For questions or further information contact Matthew La Corte at