The United Nations General Assembly will convene the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September to guide the development of a global approach to addressing large movements of persons across international borders. The political declaration adopted at the Summit will strengthen the commitment to ensuring the human rights, safety and dignity of all refugees and migrants, and will set in motion a process to create a more predictable, systematic and equitable way of managing international migration for the future.
It is the first time that world leaders are coming together at the United Nations to address both issues of refugees and migrants. It is an historic opportunity for the world to agree on a better response to large movements of refugees and migrants at a time when we are witnessing an unprecedented level of human mobility.
The number of international migrants today is higher than ever before. In 2015, 244 million people lived in a country other than where they were born, including more than 20 million refugees and asylum-seekers escaping violence or persecution in their home countries.