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.
Simply put, the situation has gone from dire to disastrous.
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.
The World Refugee & Migration Council has launched A Renewed Call to Action to urge governments, civil society, and the world’s leading foundations to pick up the mantle and #ResetTheResponse to global displacement.
Key Recommendations include:
Don’t just freeze but seize and repurpose the assets of those responsible for causing forced displacement to support those forcibly displaced through bad governance or aggression.
Develop concrete measures aligned with national action plans on women and peace and security and on youth and peace and security to increase donor support to civil society organizations and national human rights institutions working on conflict prevention and peacebuilding
For civil society:
Fill gaps left by states to support forcibly displaced persons; continue to focus on customary drivers of displacement but draw awareness and develop solutions to new displacement drivers, particularly climate change.
Promote leadership roles for women and youth, giving a voice to more than half of those forcibly displaced globally.
Convene a meeting of refugee leaders, key civil society organizations, and donors to align donor priorities and mobilize substantial, additional resources to support the needs of refugees, host communities, and others who have been forcibly displaced.
Organise a fund to support civil society organisations and refugees to improve the conditions endured by forcibly displaced people.