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UN General Assembly on refugees and migrants

The United Nations’ 71st General Assembly, underway in New York, is the first summit on refugees and migrants.

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The United Nations’ 71st General Assembly, underway in New York, is the first summit on refugees and migrants. A concrete plan is expected to emerge to help deal with the crisis including how leaders are going to implement The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

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"Refugees and migrants are not to be seen as a burden. They offer great potential if only we unlock it."

Ban Ki-Moon Secretary-General of the United Nations

Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang said that China plans to provide an additional $100 million in assistance.

In what will probably be his last UN conference, Ban Ki-Moon told the summit: “Refugees and migrants are not to be seen as a burden. They offer great potential if only we unlock it.”

Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty was sceptical of the summit, he said: “Instead of sharing responsibility, world leaders shirked it. The UN summit has been sabotaged by states acting in self-interest, leaving millions of refugees in dire situations around the world on the edge of a precipice.”