#ICYMI Friday Roundup: Migration & Refugees to Take Center Stage in NYC Sept. 16, 2016

Jenifer Toksvig's Poem 'What They Took With Them' was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them.

As mentioned in our earlier post, the UN General Assembly’s Summit to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, to be held early next week, provides a critical opportunity for States to improve and align their policies on migration. ICRC President Peter Maurer will attend the meeting, emphasizing ICRC’s key areas of humanitarian concern: the prevention of forced displacement, the protection and assistance of vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, and respect for international law. 

In this week’s roundup, we take a look at how this complex and growing global phenomenon and the people it impacts—nearly 65 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced—have been portrayed by the media and other online outlets over the past week.**

From NPR

White House Wants To Resettle 110,000 Refugees In U.S. Next Year

"Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers the administration wants to admit 110,000 international refugees in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1," NPR's Scott Horsley tells the NPR Newscast unit. "That's up from 85,000 refugees in the current year." As has been reported previously, the administration had previously proposed resettling 100,000 refugees total in 2017, as NPR has reported. This increase, the administration says, "is based on the belief that all countries should do more to help the world's most vulnerable people," Scott adds.

From Co.Exist

Creating A Refugee-Ready, Refugee-Friendly World

In a series of stories Co.Exist is publishing this week, various authors look at ideas and initiatives that create opportunities for refugees and migrants. As Jessica Leber writes in the intro, “The stories are based on the premise that this is not only about solving a discrete problem in front of us: about the hundreds of thousands of people knocking at Europe’s door or stuck at Jordan’s border cut off from the world. It’s about creating a refugee-ready, refugee-friendly world, and modeling how nations and people can respond to future crises each and every time.” Some highlights include predicting refugee flows ahead of the next crisis, designing refugee housing that creates affordable, flexible housing stock for local residents, and how the aid community should support refugee-led initiatives that build long-term capacity and resilience rather than dependency.

From Newsweek

What to Expect (and Hope for) at the Upcoming Refugee Summits

As Lucy Wescott writes, “For those who work with refugees and migrants and in human rights organizations, what are they hoping the summits will achieve? After five years of failed promises and empty pledges for the humanitarian crisis in Syria, which remains chronically underfunded, what do they expect?”

From Huffington Post

Celebs Use Poetry to Highlight the Plight of Refugees (Video)

This incredibly compelling video features celebrities reading Jenifer Toksvig’s poem What They Took With Them, inspired by the stories and testimonies of people fleeing their homes and the items they chose to bring on their journeys.

From News Deeply

Civil Society Crucial for a Successful Summit

As part of a series running up to UNGA, Austin Schiano pens an op-ed on why civil society is necessary for success. “It has become clear that no solution to such a crisis will be found solely within the text of ministerial documents. The long-term engagement of civil society and private sector partners will be crucial to creating a sustainable approach to the current migration crises,” he writes.

From New York Times (Video)

Syria: Voices from the Cease Fire

Writers Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saada chronicle the experiences and observations of Syrians around the country during the partial truce that began in Syria on Sept. 12, coinciding with Eid al-Adha. 

From Open Democracy

Protecting the human rights of migrants in a time of fear

Pia Oberoi, the Advisor on Migration and Human Rights to UNHCR writes in this op-ed that the upcoming summit is not just “an historic opportunity to rally governments and others to rights-based action on a defining issue of our times (but) also a critical moment to clarify the situation of those migrants who are not refugees in these large movements, which are almost inevitably composed of people with diverse reasons for movement and protection profiles.”

**The usual Intercross disclaimer: Just because something is featured here, doesn't mean we endorse or agree with it, and the views expressed on the platforms we're highlighting don't necessarily represent those of the ICRC.**

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