Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit ActionAid is calling on world leaders to seek a new global settlement on refugees and migration.
ActionAid Head of Humanitarian Response, Mike Noyes, said:
“A perfect storm of global events – soaring inequality, conflict and climate change - has pushed the number of forcibly displaced people to the highest levels since World War II.
“The Syrian refugee crisis shows how governments are failing miserably to deal with the causes and consequences of forced displacement. The chaos this is causing places people at risk of exploitation and abuse, with women and girls often the worst affected.
“The disgraceful and discredited EU-Turkey refugee deal falls far short of the standards set when European leaders drafted the 1951 Refugee Convention in response to the unprecedented number of people displaced in the wake of World War II. The recent decision from a Greek immigration tribunal that Turkey is not a safe country to send refugees back to has again highlighted the EU-Turkey deal is both shameful and possibly illegal.
“ActionAid is calling on world leaders to learn the lessons of history and seek a new global settlement on refugees and migration. This should commit to upholding agreed international legal protections for refugees, address the underlying causes of forced migration and recognise the central role of women in responding to humanitarian challenges like the Syrian refugee crisis.”