Mounting refugee crisis: Pakistan calls for actions to deal with the exigency

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Maliha Lodhi

Pakistan urges for an immediate action to end forced migration phenomenon.

According to Radio Pakistan, Dr Maleeha Lodhi – Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations who is also President of UNICEF’s Executive Board has earnestly urged the global community to take instantaneous action to thwart the mounting crisis of forced migration.

Dr. Lodi pointed out that half of the world’s refugees are children, while she made an fervent appeal to the international community “to fulfil its responsibilities in addressing the desperate situation where children were principal victims.” Dr. Malleha Lodhi said this while addressing the second regular session of the UNICEF’s Executive Board in New York.

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Moreover, on Tuesday, September 8, the United Nations’ top official in charge of migration said, “ the crisis rocking Europe needs a global response,” insisting that countries all over the world should do their bit.

Peter Sutherland UN Special Representative for Migration and Development said, “We should have a European response as part of a global response.”

“In 2015, UNHCR anticipates that approximately 400,000 new arrivals will seek international protection in Europe via the Mediterranean. In 2016 this number could reach 450,000 or more,” UNHCR said, adding “ over 366,000 had already arrived in 2015.”