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UN to tackle refugee crisis 2016.05.12
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A NEW United Nations (UN, 聯合國) plan to resolve the worst refugee crisis since World War II (第二次世界大戰) would aim to resettle at least 10 percent of refugees annually, piling pressure on countries to open their doors to those fleeing wars and disasters.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon (潘基文) outlined the proposal for a new “global compact on responsibility-sharing” to address the crisis arising from the 60 million refugees and displaced people worldwide.

The UN hopes the new deal will lift some of the burden on developing countries in the refugee crisis, which has been fuelled by the five-year-old war in Syria (敘利亞) and other conflicts.

The proposal calls for resettling at least 10 percent of the global refugee population of 19.6 million annually under a scheme that would be negotiated at the United Nations.

“With equitable responsibility sharing, there would be no crisis for host countries,” Ban said.

“We can afford to help, and we know what we need to do,” but too often fear, ignorance and xenophobia get in the way, he said.

The UN plan was put forward as the European Union (EU, 歐盟) has been bogged down in disputes over how to deal with its refugee crisis.

An EU deal with Turkey (土耳其), which has agreed to take back migrants in exchange for a string of concessions, has run into hurdles and the bloc has been haggling over how to share out the burden of resettlement.

More than 184,000 migrants arrived in Europe by sea already this year, up from nearly 49,000 for the same four-month period last year as the refugee crisis rages on.

(This article is published on The Student Standard on 13 May 2016)

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