"While the numbers migrating between Turkey and Greece have fallen substantially since March, after the completion of an agreement between the EU and Turkey, crossings between Libya and Italy remain at near-record levels. More than 100,000 people have left north Africa for Italy so far this year, on a par with last year’s rate, and only slightly less than the record figures in 2014. Most of the migrants this year are fleeing war and poverty in Nigeria and Ivory Coast, or dictatorships in Eritrea and Gambia. Others are migrant workers who hoped to make a living in Libya, but were forced to flee the country due to the civil war there," Patrick Kingsley writes for the Guardian.
"We can expect to hear a lot of talk in New York next month about the international community’s responsibility to do more to help existing refugees and address the conditions driving them to flee their homelands. But the cold truth is that there is little 'community' at the international level. So long as that remains the case, millions of men, women, and children will face a dangerous present and a future of little prospect," CFR's President Richard N. Haass writes for Project Syndicate.
"As Oxfam recently revealed, the world's six richest countries host fewer than 9 percent of refugees and asylum seekers: the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, many developing nations are shouldering the duty of protecting refugees: Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, South Africa and the Occupied Palestinian Territory host more than 50 percent of the world's refugees and asylum seekers, but account for fewer than 2 percent of the world's economy," Winnie Byanyima writes for Al Jazeera.