The global forced displacement crisis is a growing concern, and it has led to the call for collective action. This action emphasizes the importance of self-reliance in providing sustainable solutions for refugees, forcibly displaced individuals, and stateless people. It highlights that economic inclusion and social protection are crucial factors in enabling these populations to meet their essential needs, work, use their skills, and contribute to local economies.
The Mega Pledge on Economic Inclusion and Social Protection aims to mobilize commitments from various stakeholders to advance the self-reliance of refugees, forcibly displaced individuals, and stateless people as well as host communities. The pledge seeks to address specific and structural barriers and risks that hinder economic inclusion and social protection. It emphasizes the need for inclusive legal and policy frameworks that promote economic inclusion and social protection. The implementation of policies and programs is necessary to reduce the lifelong consequences of poverty and exclusion.
The commitment from stakeholders is backed by evidence, supported by relevant programs, technical assistance, and financing mechanisms. By empowering refugees, forcibly displaced individuals, stateless people, and host communities with access to economic opportunities, they can make decisions about their futures. Whether they choose to stay in their country of asylum or origin or move elsewhere or return home.
It’s imperative that we take immediate action on this issue as it affects millions of people worldwide. We must prioritize the needs of these vulnerable populations while also promoting sustainable solutions that benefit both them and local economies. The Mega Pledge on Economic Inclusion and Social Protection represents a significant step forward in addressing this crisis head-on.