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The world continues to look for lasting solutions to the refugee crisis.

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has made a called to the world for more resources to help African refugees in 2019.The UN official made the pledge on Monday while speaking to journalist. Grandi embarked on a two-day visit to Egypt where he met President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other government officials. It should be noted that President Abdel Fattah Al-sis is the potential president of the AU.

According to Grandi “85 percent of the 68 million displaced and refugees are not in those countries of the global north but they are in the global south.”

Acknowledging that resources meant for refugees are limited, the UN official urged the global world to mobilise resources for African refuges.

He equally disclosed that even though a country like Egypt plays host to many refugees it is not fully recognised as a “refugee-hosting country”.

As per the UN reports, Cairo hosts over 250,000 registered refugees, more than half of whom are Syrians.

Filippo Grandi reiterated on the goals of the Global Compact on Refugees adopted by 181 countries in December, saying it is “to mobilise not only humanitarian resources, but also development resources”.

Reacting to the ongoing anti government protests in Sudan, Grandi said mass displacement may arise if the situation worsen. “We hope the situation will stabilise in a peaceful manner,” he said.

For Syria, Grandi said about 50,000 refugees had returned to Syria in 2018.

“It’s a small number,” he said, adding that the number stood at 60,000 the year before.

“It is possible that with increased stability we can see more people going back. But it’s very difficult to say how many,” he said.

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