A call for more help for refugees in need
The United Nations reports growing global concerns
GENEVA — An estimated 1.2-million refugees need to be resettled, but only 93,200 spots are expected to be available in resettlement countries this year — 43 percent less than 2016 — according to the United Nations (UN).
“Global resettlement needs today far outweigh the places made available by governments by a factor of 13 to one,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees, at the annual resettlement consultations in Geneva.
Despite the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants — adopted last year by the 193 UN Member States to protect refugees and migrants — as well as an increase in private-sector and community involvement, more help is still needed.
“Resettlement places not only help those refugees who face extreme difficulty in their first country of asylum but are an important gesture of solidarity with countries hosting large numbers of refugees,” Grandi said.
This comes as the UN migration agency recently called for $60 million to help an estimated 16-million people suffering through drought conditions in East, Horn of Africa. To learn more, about how you can help women and children living in drought conditions in Ethiopia, visit ccfcanada.ca/5xthepower.
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