Globally, 79 million people are refugees, internally displaced or seeking asylum.
Since 2016, the UN has been working towards a Global Compact on Refugees. This compact is intended to improve the way the international community responds to large movements of refugees. It was signed in December 2018.
This Global Compact includes the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) that was agreed in New York in 2016.
The CRRF has four aims:
- To ease pressure on countries that welcome and host refugees.
- To build the self-reliance of refugees.
- To expand access to resettlement in third countries and other complementary pathways.
- To foster conditions that enable refugees voluntarily to return to their home countries.
At this important time, we should continue to remember in prayer those who are asylum seekers and refugees.
These prayers have been brought together for use in both personal and collective worship.