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World Leaders: Time for a Humane, Fair Refugee Response

To all governments:

We call on you to urgently lead the world to a humane 21st century refugee policy that saves lives and protects people fleeing war and hunger. This means drastically increasing resettlement and relocation of refugees in a way that reunites families and shares responsibility across Europe, and the world; giving financial and technical support to countries on the frontline of the crisis; and ensuring security actions do not put those seeking sanctuary at risk. The magnitude of this crisis requires united, urgent and massive humanitarian action.

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While governments struggle to come up with a humane, effective response to the unfolding refugee crisis, hundreds continue to die in the Mediterranean – 440 have drowned alone this year.

Finally, there’s a new plan for a better and more responsible global share out of solutions for Syrian refugees.

The United Nations is calling on all nations to meet the challenge of the biggest displacement crisis of a generation and to think out of the box to find solutions. This includes resettlement and humanitarian admission programmes as well as student, work and health visas for Syrian refugees.

Massive citizen calls to welcome refugees forced leaders to pledge to help last year. Now, whether they act or turn their backs, depends on how much they feel the public demands it. 

In days, ministers meet at a conference in Geneva to define their role and response. Join the urgent call for a global plan to give refugee families a real chance to rebuild their lives.

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