Op’Ed by Alexander Betts – UN Summit on Refugees Fails to Offer Solutions

Monday, one of the highest-level global summits ever convened on refugees and mass migration took place at the UN General Assemblyin New York. Alongside it, President Barack Obama has also convened a separate pledging conference.

 UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon speaks at the  start of the summit on refugees in New York. Photograph:  Justin Lane/EPA

These events should have been the reform moment when the world came together to update a broken refugee system that is struggling to meet contemporary displacement challenges. But whether they will have a lasting legacy remains uncertain.

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