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ICRC President Urges "Innovative Methods" to Cope with Refugee Crisis
   2016-01-21 19:53:01    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xie Cheng

Jordan's Queen Rania (R) and Peter Maurer (L), President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), at the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on January 20, 2016. [Photo: Imagine China]

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has urged the international community to be innovative in its response to the ongoing refugee crisis.

ICRC's President Peter Maurer made the remarks at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos.

"It is indeed inacceptable, the situation that we have seen in Syrian besieged cities in the last couple of weeks which have come to the forefront. But let me just say, these are just three places - Madaya, Kefraya, al-Foua - are just examples. There are many of them and we need to really be inventive, innovative, in order to step up the response, and an important part will be a new qualitative relationship with the private sector, although this will not be everything."

The United Nations says there are some 450 thousand people trapped in and around 15 sieges sites across Syria.

For her part, Jordan's Queen Rania said a special economic zone might be set up for employing those refugees.

"When you do that, not only are you giving the refugee the sense of economic self-efficiency which will lower the cost of hosting refugees, but you're also giving him skills and training that he'll put to good use once he returns to his country. So in a sense you're incubating a post-war economy across the border in Jordan that'll kick-start the recovery process in Syria once the conflict ends. "

Over 1 million people fleeing war, poverty and repression in the Middle East and Africa reached Europe last year.

This while many countries like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan are struggling to cope with millions of refugees fleeing Syria's civil war.

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