A message from our special officer for Humanitarian affairs Jean-Paul Bizoza to mark World Refugee Day.
23 June 2021
Please remember to distinguish between refugees and migrants. However, in my previous years with So Humanitarian Affairs, I just learnt that mixed movements of migrants and refugees affect everybody & all countries including the pacific particularly NZ and Australia.
Way forward: A closer collaboration, cooperation and responsibility-sharing are urgently needed! From lived experience, refugee issues are so contentious and make no mistake climate change and pandemic such as COVID-19 will displace millions in coming years.
Key points are : (a) there is no single country, or international community are well prepared to deal with “climate refugees / migrants, (b) no current legal definition of climate migrant (refuges) or strategic plan as how NZ will deal with climate change refugees and (c) there is no global arrangements to assist millions of people who will be displaced by natural calamities or pandemic like COVID-19! For more about WRD events , please browse UBNHC website and UNHCR live blog : https://www.unhcr.org/en-au/news/latest/2021/6/60ad1e2f4/live-blog-2021-world-refugee-day-stronger-together.html