‘Declaration for Refugees and Migrants’
Junior Ali | September 20, 2016
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[image: South Sudanese women prepare meals at a Gambella refugee camp in
2014.] South Sudanese women prepare meals at a Gambella refugee camp in
The UN General Assembly in New York has adopted a new declaration for
global refugees and migrants’ crisis, including those from South Sudan.
The ‘Declaration for Refugees and Migrants’ notes that in 2015 alone, the
number of migrants had surpassed 244 million.
This includes more than 21 million refugees, 3 million asylum seekers and
over 40 million internally displaced persons.
According a UNHCR report, more than one million South Sudanese have fled
the country as refugees due to violence between the forces of the SPLA and
the opposition since December 2013.
During the endorsement, UN Member States agreed to a set of commitments,
including acknowledging a shared responsibility to manage large movements
of refugees and migrants.
They agreed that this would be done in a humane, sensitive, compassionate
and people-centered manner.
The members agreed to do so through international cooperation, while
recognizing the varying national capacities and resources in responding to
Meanwhile, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told the UN General Assembly
that his country was experiencing an influx of South Sudanese refugees
since July this year.
According to the UNHCR, Uganda is hosting more than 300,000 South Sudanese
refugees, most of whom are new arrivals fleeing the recent violence in Juba.
Mr Museveni said his Government had developed and implemented various
national plans to protect the refugees and meet their needs.
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