Reality Check: UN High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), September 2016

5 pp. 294 kB

On September 19, in a historic first, UN member states came together to work on a more “coordinated and humane approach to address large movements of refugees and migrants” and agree upon the New York Declaration. Yet, while the draft New York Declaration seems well intentioned, its content is overly vague and lacks a sense of urgency to really improve the lives of migrants and refugees. A declaration that aims for “concrete results in 2018” is detached from any real will to grapple with the global displacement crisis we see today. The reality, as witnessed by MSF teams from Mexico, to Cameroon, to Greece, is that many of the UN Member States expected to sign the declaration are already in contravention of it, their harmful migration and asylum policies increasing the suffering of millions of migrants and refugees.

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