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A Renewed Call to Action for Refugees and Migrants

The World Refugee & Migration Council's new report on the global response to forced displacement, A Renewed Call to Action, finds political will in short supply, with dangerous backsliding by governments, increasing xenophobia and buck-passing of responsibility. 

During the three short years following the Council’s landmark report A Call to Action: Transforming the Global Refugee System, an additional 30 million people have been forcibly displaced within and across borders to exceed 100 million worldwide – not including the millions of migrants forced to move by worsening economic conditions, famine, corruption, police brutality, and climate change.

The next UN Global Refugee Forum will take place only in late 2023, but the need for real action to galvanize political will is now. A Renewed Call to Action urges governments, civil society, and the world’s leading foundations to pick up the mantle and #ResetTheResponse to global displacement.


Abandoning the Safe Third Country Agreement


Canada can longer assume that if it sends asylum seekers back to the United States, they will be safe, write WRMC Chair Lloyd Axworthy and Special Advisor Allan Rock.  Read 


WRMC Chair Lloyd Axworthy joined the Conference Board of Canada to discuss the global refugee system, how Canada’s generally positive political and social approach has helped Canada take the lead in creating new and innovative ways to support refugees.  Listen 


Despite attempts by China to broker an agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar for repatriation, the situation has only worsened for Rohingya refugees, writes WRMC President Fen Hampson on five years since the 2017 Rohingya exodus.  Read 

Refugee Participation and the Importance of Listening


The 2019 Global Refugee Forum was significant for its inclusion of refugee representatives, writes GIRWL co-founder Najeeba Wazefadost. There is much to be learnt by paying close attention to the speeches they gave – that is, by really listening to their voices.  Read 

Creating Meaningful Partnerships Through Participation


Due to embedded power inequities, the voices of persons with lived experience of displacement are often minimised or silenced across humanitarian, governance and academic sectors, writes GIRWL co-founder Anila Noor, proposing a model for meaningful partnership that goes beyond consultation.  Read 

Migration Policy Summit


Members of the North and Central American Task Force on Migration will present at this year's Metropolis Americas Conference “Promoting Cooperation on Migration and Inclusion Across the Americas” takes place in Tijuana, MX, December 1-2, 2022, with a virtual day prior on November 30th.  Register 

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