Humanitarian Challenges

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A Crisis of Solidarity

Volunteers help migrants and refugees on a dingy as they arrive at the shore of the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on Sunday, March 20, 2016. In another incident two Syrian refugees have been found dead on a boat on the first day of the implementation of an agreement between the EU and Turkey on handling the new arrivals. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Volunteers help refugees arriving in Greece.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The global refugee crisis has triggered huge humanitarian, societal, economic and political concerns, and the United Nations and other entities are searching for solutions.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Almost 90 percent of the world’s refugees are hosted in developing countries.
    • Just 10 countries provide 75 percent of the United Nation’s budget to ease their plight.
    • U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon is convening a World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on May 23-24.
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This September, the United Nations General Assembly will bring together world leaders to address one of the leading challenges of our time: responding to large movements of refugees and migrants.

War, human rights violations, underdevelopment, climate change and natural disasters are leading more people to leave their homes than at any time since we have had reliable data. More than 60 million people – half of them children – have fled violence or persecution and are now refugees and internally displaced persons. An additional 225 million are migrants who have left their countries in search of better opportunities or simply for survival.

But this is not a crisis of numbers; it is a crisis of solidarity. Almost 90 percent of the world’s refugees are hosted in developing countries. Eight countries host more than half the world’s refugees.  Just 10 countries provide 75 percent of the United Nation’s budget to ease and resolve their plight.

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