“Given the record numbers of people needing safety from war, conflict and persecution and the lack of political solutions to these situations, we urgently need countries to come forward and resettle more refugees,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
Globally, resettlement needs in 2020 are set to rise by one per cent compared with this year, driven by increased displacement in Africa and the Americas, which account for six and 22 per cent respectively.
“With the overwhelming majority, 84 per cent, of the world’s refugees hosted in developing regions facing their own development and economic challenges and whose own populations may live below the poverty line, there simply has to be a more equitable sharing of responsibility for global crises”, Mr Grandi told Member States attending consultations in Geneva on resettlement for refugees.
Resettlement involves the relocation of refugees from a country of asylum to a country that has agreed to admit them and grant them permanent settlement.
It is regarded by UNHCR as a life-saving tool to ensure the protection of those most at risk or with specific needs that cannot be addressed in the country where they have sought protection.
In a bid to provide more vulnerable refugees with a new home in a third country – and amid significantly fewer resettlement opportunities globally in the last two years - UNHCR and partners on Friday unveiled an initiative in support of resettlement and other legal alternatives to enter countries, such as family, work and study routes.
Bid to resettle three million refugees globally by 2028
By the end of 2028, the objective of the strategy is to expand so-called “third country solutions” for three million refugees, with one million resettling in 50 countries and two million benefiting from alternative pathways.
A Global Refugee Forum is to be held in December in Geneva, which UNHCR believes is a “critical opportunity to galvanize support through commitments and pledges” from States and other relevant stakeholders.
“History has shown that with a strong sense of purpose, States can come together to collectively respond to refugee crises, and help millions to reach safety, find homes and build futures in new communities,” said Mr Grandi.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk