High-level meeting on global responsibility sharing through pathways for admission of Syrian refugees
Hosted by the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
In light of the magnitude, scope, and complexity of the Syria crisis, and its impact on neighbouring countries as well as those further afield, there is an urgent need for the international community to recommit to the fundamental principle of international cooperation to share more equitably responsibilities for refugees. In this vein, UNHCR is organizing a ministerial-level meeting on global responsibility sharing through pathways for admission of Syrian refugees, which will be convened by the High Commissioner and opened by the United Nations Secretary-General on 30 March 2016.
The purpose of the meeting is to explore mechanisms for the admission of Syrian refugees that could be adopted by States to relieve the pressure on countries currently hosting large numbers. Such mechanisms could include resettlement, which is an important protection tool targeting the most vulnerable individuals, as well as other pathways, such as humanitarian admission or transfer, family reunification, labour mobility schemes and scholarships. Building on the generosity of some 30 countries, which have made available more than 160,000 such places to date in response to previous calls from UNHCR, it is vital to expand the collective efforts of the international community to address this refugee situation and avoid further tragedy.
The 30 March high-level meeting is one of a number of initiatives in 2016 aimed at comprehensively addressing the Syria situation. It will also contribute to a broader process for addressing large-scale movements of refugees and migrants announced by the Secretary General of the United Nations on 20 November 2015 in an address to the General Assembly. The process will culminate in a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly in September 2016 on this issue.