Hello from the Other Side…

The UNHCR have been working throughout yesterday’s session to come up with solutions for an effective refugee resettlement policy. There has been a buzz about the committee as ideas have joined, light bulbs have binged and working papers have started to birth. The delegate from Sierra Leone clearly knows how to command a following, the idea from his bloc is to establish a ‘circle of resettlement’ that centralises administration, relocates refugees, integrates them successfully into society and joins up families to ensure the wellbeing of refugees who can then eventually return and rebuild their home. Elsewhere, A bloc of Latin American countries including Brazil and Ecuador are hoping for the development of an integration and education programme. Meanwhile the USA’s bloc is developing a working paper that preserves national identity and counters terrorism, believing that responsibility should be shared between the country of origin and the host country. So what do you think? Should the world help the plight of refugees and join in with alleviating the burden, or should sovereignty allow countries to simply say no to those knocking at the border?

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