EU hopes global solidarity will bring more services for refugees

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, in Brussels, Belgium UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

 

The European Union is hoping that international solidarity will lead to a scale-up in support for refugees.

European Council President Donald Tusk expressed this wish in his address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Worldwide, more than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or persecution, according to data from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

More than 300,000 refugees have arrived on European shores so far this year alone.

Dianne Penn reports.

President Tusk told world leaders that the European Union is "driven by empathy" in its efforts to solve the refugee crisis.

He said the EU has spent "billions of euros" to fund humanitarian assistance, and it is willing to spend even more in the future.

"It is our hope and expectation that global solidarity will now kick in to provide health, education and jobs for millions of people currently displaced and to scale up resettlement. In light of this, we support the work that has begun under the New York Declaration to find a sustainable and fair rule book for global migration."

The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was the outcome of a General Assembly summit held earlier this week.

Commitments include developing guidelines on the treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations, and more equitable sharing of the responsibility of hosting and supporting refugees.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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