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World Refugee Council Report Spurs Canadian Legislation that Would Use Frozen Assets of Dictators to Help Refugees

World Refugee Council Calls for Major Actions to Transform the Global Refugee System

WATCH: Empowering Refugees through Technology

February 26, 2019
Refugees and internally displaced persons often lack access to information, resources, and educational, financial and social services. Developing technology in a way that empowers and protects refugees will create positive change in the global refugee system.
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Canada Plans to Convene Lima Group Meeting on Venezuela's Future: Sources

The Canadian Press
| January 24, 2019
Thousands of people arrive in Colombia each day from Venezuela, many of them women and girls in particular need of protection from physical threats and assault, said a report released Thursday by the World Refugee Council, a global body composed of nearly two dozen political leaders, policy advisers and academic experts.
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Refugee Group: Use Frozen Billions to Aid World’s Displaced

Edith M. Lederer - AP News
| January 24, 2019
The World Refugee Council called Thursday for up to $20 billion stolen by government leaders and now frozen in the United States, Britain and other countries to be reallocated by courts to help millions of displaced people forced to flee conflict, persecution and victimization.
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Government of Canada Letter Welcoming A Call to Action Report

Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
| January 24, 2019
Given the current global climate, Canada welcomes initiatives like the World Refugee Council, led by former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy, established to generate new thinking and recommendations to improve global responses to refugee issues.
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"Recasting" Needed in Global Response to Refugee Crisis, Report Says

Nicholas Keung - Toronto Star
| January 24, 2019
The World Refugee Council, chaired by former Canadian foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy, has made 55 recommendations aimed at reversing the UN’s top-down approach to the issue by having a core group of like-minded countries spearheading creative solutions and allowing them to bypass the bureaucracy of the international body.
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