News Focus: Refugees and Migrants

For more information on how the international community is coming together to address large movements of refugees and migrants

Key Resources
United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants

A Syrian mother cries with relief as she embraces her three young children after a rough sea crossing. UNHCR/Ivor Prickett

The UN General Assembly on 19 September 2016 will host a high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. The issue of large movements of refugees and migrants is too vast for any one state to handle on its own. The international community must work together to find durable solutions.


President of the General Assembly

• Special Adviser
In January 2016, the UN Secretary-General appointed a Special Adviser, Karen AbuZayd, to work with United Nations entities and undertake consultations with Member States and other relevant stakeholders in the lead up to the Summit. This will include overseeing the Secretary-General’s report on large movements of refugees and migrants, to be submitted to the General Assembly in May 2016.

• Co-facilators
In February 2016, the President of the General Assembly appointed H.E. Mrs. Dina Kawar, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and H.E. Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland as co-facilitators to lead open, transparent and inclusive consultations with Member States to finalise the organisational arrangements, including on a possible outcome, for the High level meeting in September.

UN agencies, funds and entities involved

Greek volunteer life-guards help a young child out of a boat that reached the shores of Lesbos. Photo: UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

Multimedia Resources
"i am a migrant" is a global campaign to fight anti-migrant xenophobia. Share your story of courage and resilience, invite others to do the same!. Credit: IOM
Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, more than 4.3 million people have fled the country and 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria. As of December 2015, IOM has provided safe and humane transportation and reception assistance to 474,193 Syrians who have crossed the border into Jordan. Credit: IOM