New York Declaration: civil society calls for seven immediate actions to deliver a new deal for refugees and migrants

Syrian refugee girlA Syrian refugee girl receiving humanitarian assistance in Jordan. Photo: ICMC / Patrik Gerber New York, 19 September 2016 - On the occasion of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, close to 100 civil society, refugee and migrant organizations - including the International Catholic Migration Commission - have released a joint civil society statement. Along with a scorecard, the statement urges States to take seven immediate actions to truly make a “difference on the ground for the millions of refugees, migrants and internally displaced people in need of protection, safe passage, solidarity, inclusion, decent work and livelihoods, and for the societies that host them”.

The statement bemoans governments’ uneven commitments and lack of urgency to deliver a real new deal for refugees and migrants at the UN Summit, and urgently calls for solutions to be adopted beyond the Summit.