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Solidarity for Migrants? UN Summit on Refugees & Migrants

19 September 2016

UN Member States, including South Africa, meet today in New York for a historic summit on refugees and migrants to work on a more systematic and humane approach to address large movements of refugees and migrants.

Instead of respecting the rights of individuals and upholding pre-existing obligations, some governments, are adopting even more restrictive and damaging approaches meant to keep away already vulnerable people off their shores.

Although MSF welcomes the move by the different countries to develop an international response to the migration crisis, we call on UN leaders to completely change their approach towards global displacement or risk their commitments being empty promises and just feel-good rhetoric.