Preemptive approach towards refugees

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Over 70 million people are displaced by war, conflict, and persecution worldwide. More than 25 million of them are refugees, having fled across international borders and unable to return to their homes. Pakistan is hosting more than three millions of refugees for the last four decades. The three-day first-ever Global Refugee Forum was held at Geneva, Switzerland from 16 to 18 December , 2019 with an objective to brings together refugees, heads of state and government, UN leaders, international institutions, development organizations, business leaders and civil society representatives. UNHCR co-hosted the Forum together with Switzerland while it was co-convened by Pakistan, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Germany and Turkey. The aim of the Forum was to generate new approaches and long-term commitments from a variety of actors to help refugees and the communities in which they live. Speaking at the forum Prime Minister Imran Khan deliberated upon the worldwide refugees’ situation, its reasons, solutions and way forward with particular reference to Pakistan. He also discussed the main factors for making people refugees. Millions of Muslims could flee India due to the curfew in occupied Kashmir and the country’s new citizenship law, creating a refugee crisis that would dwarf other crises. Pakistan will not be able to accommodate more refugees and prevention is better than cure as the international community should try to save people from becoming refugees. Systematic efforts are being made to change the demography of the occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian government is planning to settle Hindu population in held-Kashmir. This move will be a threat for the Muslim living there and may result in their persecution. Myanmar Muslims ethnic cleansing started once they were also asked to prove their citizenship and same may happen in India and its occupied states. Two million people in Assam are in peril due to the controversial legislation and it will affect many more when it will be extended in the whole of India by 2024.

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