Japan pledges $2.8 billion aid to help refugees

Japan had earlier provided about $1.6 billion to assist Syrians and Iraqis displaced by war and for building peace across the Middle East and Africa. Photograph:( AFP )

WION United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, United States Sep 19, 2016, 10.02 PM (IST)
Japan has pledged to provide $2.8 billion to help deal with the global refugee crisis over three years from 2016.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement at a United Nations summit on refugees on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly. 

He said Japan will provide the money for "humanitarian and self-reliance assistance" for refugees and migrants.

Abe said Japan would collaborate closely with host countries and other communities to help cope with the unprecedented levels of migrant and refugee movements. 

He said the situation amounted to "serious ongoing humanitarian crises."

Japan has been a major donor in helping deal with international crises. 

It had earlier provided about $1.6 billion to assist Syrians and Iraqis displaced by war and for building peace across the Middle East and Africa.

While Japan has provided monetary assistance to refugees, it has taken in only a tiny number of refugees itself. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)
 
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