Conflict sparks new refugee crisis
From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – AFRICA and the rest of the globe are on the verge of a new refugee crisis after it emerged the number of people in need of resettlement far exceeds the opportunities for placement.
This is according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) indicating that with a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, resettlement has become an increasingly vital part of UNHCR’s efforts to find solutions and advocate for fairer responsibility-sharing for refugees.
While the UNHCR Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2017 report says that more than 1 million refugees were submitted by UNHCR to over 30 resettlement countries in the past decade, the projected number of people in need of resettlement in 2017 will pass 1,19 million.
Projected Global Resettlement Needs also reports that 2015 was a record year for submissions with 134 044, up 29 percent from the 103 890 recorded in 2014.
In Africa, the number of submissions rose from 35 079 in 2014 to 38 870.
Top countries of origin in 2015 included Democratic Republic of the Congo (20 527 resettlement submissions) and Somalia (10 193).
“We are seeing resettlement taken to a new level and that enhanced resettlement can be an effective means of sharing the responsibility for refugee protection,” High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said.
He said much more needs to be done to keep pace with the growing numbers of the acutely vulnerable.
– CAJ News
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