EXTRACT from an article by Jeff Crisp.
Burundi. Central African Republic. Myanmar. Nigeria. South Sudan. Syria. During the past three years, the world has witnessed a spate of major refugee outflows from countries affected by armed conflict and human rights violations. At the same time, longstanding refugee populations from states such as Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Somalia have been obliged to remain in exile because conditions in their countries of origin are not safe enough for them to return.
“At the next General Assembly … UN member states are expected to endorse a Global Compact on Refugees,
an agreement based on the notion that people who are forced to flee are
a shared international responsibility that must be borne more equitably and predictably in the future.”
Responding to this alarming situation, in September 2016 the UN General Assembly convened a special meeting to examine the effectiveness of the international community’s response to mass movements of people. That event has already had two tangible outcomes: the New York Declaration, a document that sets out the key principles that will underpin the world’s future approach tothe global refugee problem; and a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), established by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as a means of putting those principles into practice.
SOURCE: Crisp, Jeff. “The Global Compact on Refugees: What can we expect?” Refugees International, 6 December 2017.
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