In this Jan. 22, 2016 file photo, Syrian refugee children play outside their family tents in a camp in the town of Saadnayel, in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)
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NGOs expressed Wednesday disappointment at the outcome of the first U.N. Summit for Refugees and Migrants, saying the commitments to help Lebanon endure its burden may fall short of what is needed.The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted by 139 member states, included commitments to protect the human rights of refugees and migrants, campaign against xenophobia, develop a global compact for addressing mass migration by 2018, and ensure shared responsibility for hosting and supporting the world's 21 million refugees.This last element is most crucial for Lebanon according to Sanaa Maalouf, advocacy manager at World Vision in Lebanon. World Vision is an international NGO that has been working in Lebanon for the past 40 years. More than 20,000 refugees have been resettled out of Lebanon in 2016 .The civil society statement said that using "commitments" to describe the New York Declaration was a misnomer.It notes as well that while there has been a significant increase in resettlement numbers, it still falls short of UNHCR's target.
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