A Call to Action: Transforming the Global Refugee System

Nearly 70 million people around the world, half of them children, fled persecution and conflict, sought asylum or were internally displaced in 2017, and those numbers are rising every year.

Meanwhile, the humanitarian commitment of nations, once a norm, has given way to nativism. Xenophobia — fear and exclusion of the “outsider” — has gathered force in America, Europe, Australia and elsewhere, with populist politicians preying on anti-immigrant fears. The host countries who have opened their arms — most of them, developing nations — feel abandoned by the international community.

The United Nations, humanitarian agencies, the private sector and civil society face enormous hurdles in making positive contributions to the refugee system. The authoritarian regimes responsible for displacing people are not held accountable, and prohibitions in international law are outdated and ignored. The refugee system’s financial requirements are not close to being met. At the United Nations, the power of the Security Council veto hinders action.

In A Call to Action , the WRC’s findings come together in 55 recommendations, offering bold, actionable ideas with which to galvanize political will and transform the global system for refugees and internally displaced persons.

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