The CRRF specifies key elements for a comprehensive response to any large movement of refugees. These include rapid and well-supported reception and admissions; support for immediate and on-going needs; assistance for local and national institutions and communities receiving refugees; and expanded opportunities for solutions. The CRRF has informed the preparation of the proposed global compact on refugees, which has been included in the High Commissioner’s annual report to the General Assembly in 2018.
One year after the Comprehensive Regional Protection and Solutions Framework (MIRPS) was agreed upon between Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama, the six states present their progress, challenges and priorities for 2019. On 8 November 2018, MIRPS countries convened a meeting with cooperating states and entities at the Organization of American States (OAS), to present their progress and request further support in moving towards joint approaches to addressing displacement.
UNHCR’s pioneering Youth Education Programme sets a new benchmark for initiatives seeking to ensure that more refugee youth have access to quality post-primary education. It is an investment in the future of refugee youth, unlocking their potential and leading them towards solutions.
2017 was a milestone year for the DAFI programme, marking 25 years of providing higher education scholarships to refugees. The Comprehensive Refugees Response Framework (CRRF) and the Programme of Action of the Global Compact on Refugees affirm that participation in Higher Education can generate positive change in conflict and crisis situations. Higher Education gives young refugee men and women an opportunity to acquire knowledge and build skills that will allow them to contribute to society. The CRRF states that higher education is integral to refugee empowerment because it fosters inclusion and promotes skills that are essential for recovery and rebuilding after conflict. In addition, the academic and social benefits of education help young people in exile to be resilient. While the percentage of refugee youth in higher education remained at 1%, this figure hides to some extent the substantial increase in absolute refugee enrolment numbers in higher education, with DAFI scholarships tripling over the past three years. Regrettably, due to the global expansion in the number of refugees worldwide, now at 20 million, increases in enrolment have not managed to keep pace with the growing need. Against this backdrop, the DAFI programme has continued to motivate young refugee men and women to complete upper secondary education and to overcome barriers to pursuing higher education.