Ban Ki-moon Urges World Leaders To Accept More Syrian Refugees
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has called on leaders of the world to accept more Syrian refugees and that governments must “act with solidarity” to alleviate Syria refugee crisis and “counter fear-mongering”.
Ban Ki-moon at a conference in Geneva today, urged countries to “act with solidarity, in the name of our shared humanity, by pledging new and additional pathways for the admission of Syrian refugees”. He said, “We are here to address the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time”. These programmes are separate from usual asylum procedures. They are aimed especially at helping vulnerable groups, including women, children and people with medical needs.
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The UN scribe identified countries such as Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq have been hosting most of the five million refugees of Syria’s conflict, which has put serious strains on state budgets and public services. “Communities hosting refugees in neighbouring countries are exhausted,” Ban said.
Furthermore, tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are stranded in European countries without basic rights or the proper documentation to lead a normal life.
Ban also emphasised that countries should not demonise refugees, but should see the opportunities that the people could bring to their new host countries. “Today, they are refugees. Tomorrow, they can be students and professors, scientists and researchers, workers and care-givers,” he said.
According to AL Jazeera, Earlier this year, an international donor conference in London pledged more than $11bn to assist Syrian refugees and internally displaced people in 2016-2020, the bulk of which came from the US and EU member-states. And wealthy countries have pledged 178,000 of the 480,000 resettlement spots needed for Syrians, according to UN estimates.