In view of World Refugee Day on 20 June, Development Committee Chair Linda McAvan made the following statement:
“Although the refugee crisis is no longer front page news, the number of people forced to leave their home remains at historically high levels. UNHCR put their number at 65.6 million people, most of them hosted by developing countries. In war torn South Sudan, where a famine has been declared, 3.3 million people have been forced to leave their homes in the fastest-growing displacement crisis in the world.
Humanitarian assistance is often a lifeline for internally displaced people and refugees, yet the growing scale of the crises and the length of the average displacement means this is not a sustainable solution, and alternatives have to be found. As we observe World Refugee Day, let us use this opportunity to remind the world of the ongoing crises that may have fallen from the public eye, and step up efforts to meet pressing humanitarian needs in those countries”.