Refugees and Migration
People are leaving their homes because they do not have any prospects for a peaceful, stable and dignified life. They are fleeing wars and armed conflicts, political persecution, environmental disasters, hunger and suffering.
A large proportion of global refugee movements take place in Asia and Africa. Worldwide, around nine in ten refugees are accommodated in their homelands and in other developing countries. These countries need support with offering the refugees food and shelter, formal and professional education and employment opportunities. Preventing a “lost generation” of refugees from forming is a particular priority in places where people have to spend months or years in refugee camps.
Preventing Flight by Improving Living Conditions in the Long Term
The challenges facing the countries of origin include improving living conditions in the long term and creating local prospects in order to overcome the causes for fleeing. If it is possible to successfully raise the level of education, advance rural development and create jobs, more people will remain in their homes. Welthungerhilfe contends that migration should not be fought but rather regulated in a suitable and dignified manner.
Development cooperation and humanitarian assistance to create reasons for staying are key to fighting causes for fleeing. To this end, new, innovative ways to combine the various approaches are needed, as are political action and more resources to prevent conflicts and crises. Welthungerhilfe projects are pursuing these objectives in the crisis regions of this world.