UN refugee chief calls for solidarity with refugees and communities that welcome them

Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN refugee chief has stressed that it is a time for solidarity with refugees – and with the communities that welcome them as the world celebrates World Refugee Day on Wednesday.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, in a statement said as conflicts emerge, recur, persist and deepen, 68.5 million people are uprooted around the world.

"Nine out of 10 are in their own countries or countries next door, and the impact is massive – on refugees themselves, and on the communities that open their doors to them. Now, more than ever, taking care of refugees must be a global – and shared – responsibility. It’s time to do things differently," he said.

Grandi said a new model is now being tested, with positive results - based on equity, justice and humanitarian values and standards.

He said countries and communities need more systematic, long-term support as they take on the job of helping uprooted families.

"Refugees themselves need to be included in new communities, and given the chance to realise their potential. And solutions are needed - to help refugees return home when the time is right, or build new lives elsewhere. The Global Compact on Refugees – to be adopted this year - aims to make these happen."

Grandi said getting laws and policies right is vital. However, he said, "it is local people and communities that are on the frontlines when refugees arrive, and whose welcome makes the difference – the difference between rejection and inclusion; between despair and hope; between being left behind and building a future".

He noted that often, these communities are themselves on the margins – in remote border areas, or with few resources of their own. "Yet, overwhelmingly, when refugees arrive, they share what they have motivated by compassion, and a sense of human dignity. And when people work together, the results are powerful."  

Grandi stressed that helping refugees rebuild their lives needs everybody – working together so that they can achieve what most people take for granted - education, a place to live, a job, being part of a community.
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20 Junho 2018 07:38:04




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