Angelina Jolie-Pitt: Refugee system breaking down
16 May 2016
- From the section Europe
Angelina Jolie-Pitt, the UN refugee agency’s special envoy, has warned that the international humanitarian system for refugees is breaking down.
Ms Jolie-Pitt has been speaking as part of the BBC’s World on the Move day of coverage of global migration issues.
She said the “number of conflicts and scale of displacement had grown so large” the system to protect and return refugees was not working.
Earlier, the UNHCR’s head said the refugee crisis was now a global issue.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told the BBC that simply turning migrants away “won’t work”.
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Ms Jolie-Pitt said that more than 60 million people – one in 122 – were displaced globally – more than at any time in the past 70 years.
“This tells us something deeply worrying about the peace and security of the world,” she said, adding: “The average time a person will be displaced is now nearly 20 years.”
Ms Jolie-Pitt said that UN appeals were drastically under-funded, citing the UNHCR appeal for Central African Republic, which was “less than 3% funded”.
She said: “With this then the state of today’s world, is it any surprise that some of these desperate people, who are running out of all options and who see no hope of returning home, would make a push for Europe as a last resort, even at the risk of death?”
Source: BBC World