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A new deal for refugees

How can the world better share responsibility for refugees?

On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly agreed on a new deal for refugees.

Known as the global compact on refugees, it aims to improve the international response to new and existing refugee situations.

The compact seeks to ensure that refugees and the people hosting them receive the support they need.

It emerged from the milestone New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016. This laid out a vision for a more comprehensive response to these crises, known as the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, or CRRF.

The compact calls for greater support to refugees and the countries that host them, often among the poorest in the world, and also aims to help refugees become more self-reliant so that they can contribute more to their own future and to that of the host community.

The stories below explore the many facets of the global compact on refugees.