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Refugee crisis discussed with Jan Egeland

Last updated: 10.06.2016 // The Norwegian Refugee Council and the Mission of Norway to the EU gathered around 60 people for a discussion on Europe’s response to the refugee crisis – a humanitarian perspective, at Norway House on 9 June.

Representatives from NGOs and EU institutions participated the event, among them representatives from EEAS, DG ECHO, UNCHR and Save the Children. The event was opened by Norway’s ambassador to the EU, Oda Helen Sletnes.

The Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland, was the keynote speaker. Egeland is also a special advisor to the UN Syria Peace Talk, and Chair of the ISSG Taskforce on humanitarian access.

– We need a Marshall-plan for the whole region. It is a big investment, but it is possible. The lack of action today will create problems in the neighboring countries in the future, Egeland said.

Egeland pointed out that globally, one person is forced to flee in every two seconds, and that in 2015 there were 60 million people displaced. 90 percent of these people were displaced within or to poor nations.

– There are only political solutions to this, and no military solution. There has never been more countries with the capacity to help the countries in need. Europe needs to be a stronger actor when it comes to making it unattractive for the sponsors of the arms to continue, Egeland said.

The audience got the opportunity to engage with Egeland in a debate on the response to the global refugee crisis. Cathrine Woollard, Secretary General of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, moderated the debate.

The European Commission, The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Refugee Agency are among the main financial supporters of the The Norwegian Refugee Council’s humanitarian work.

Read more:

EUs latest response to the refugee crisis: the new migration partnership framework, which aims to reinforce cooperation with third countries to better manage migration.

NGO joint position paper Supporting Syria and the Region, for the Syria-conference in London.

New annual report by the Norwegian Refugee Council: Record-breaking assistance.

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