World Refugee Council Calls for Major Actions to Transform the Global Refugee System

In a new report, the World Refugee Council, a global body established by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and chaired by former Canadian foreign affairs minister and former Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow Lloyd Axworthy, called on the international community to take a series of bold, concrete actions to protect the interests of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

According to the latest UNHCR figures, some 68.5 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution – the largest number since the Second World War. In addition, the report notes that roughly 85% of refugees are currently hosted by developing countries, whose infrastructures are often inadequate to provide for their own citizens, let alone large numbers of newcomers, and that those countries need support as well.

“The international community has demonstrated a capacity for successful collective action in the past,” the Council noted. “With a collaborative, innovative and resolute approach, it can rally again, to make this world a better place for the tens of millions who are waiting.”