Obama Seeks Global Commitments: 1M More Refugees in School, 1M More Legally Working

Susan Jones | June 6, 2016 | 9:56am EDT
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Migrants rush into Serbia over the border with Macedonia in August 2015. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

(CNSNews.com) - On September 20, when world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama will host a summit on refugees where he will urge the international community to do more to help some of the world's estimated 20 million displaced people.

In addition to money, Obama and the summit's other co-hosts will seek global commitments to enroll another million refugees in school; and grant another million refugees the legal right to work.

In a statement released last week, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said, "Through the Leaders’ Summit, we will seek: at least a 30 percent increase in financing for global appeals and international humanitarian organizations; to double the global number of resettled refugees and those afforded other legal channels of admission; and to increase the number of refugees worldwide in school by one million, and the number of refugees granted the legal right to work by one million. 

"Reaching these ambitious objectives will be challenging; yet, the level of need demands no less. The United States has long been a humanitarian leader. During this Administration, we continue to strive to do more and encourage other countries to do the same."

Rice said the Leaders’ Summit will address a level of displacement the world has not witnessed since World War II.  

The co-hosts of the Leaders’ Summit include Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico, Sweden and the U.N. secretary general.  

Those co-hosts have pledged to advance the refugee objectives, not only through direct action, but also through "concerted efforts to urge and support robust action" by other member U.N. member states.

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