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Obama rallies business for refugees, aims to double global resettlement

Obama rallies business for refugees, aims to double global resettlement

Reuters

The White House will on Thursday rally businesses to give jobs to refugees ahead of a September summit where U.S. President Barack Obama will urge world leaders to boost humanitarian funds by a third and double the number of refugees being resettled.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said on Wednesday that the Obama summit during the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations would also aim to get one million refugee children in school and one million more refugees access to legal work in the neighboring countries they fled to.

"The summit is by no means a panacea; even if we hit every target, our response will still not match the scale of the crisis," Power told the United States Institute of Peace, adding that it would boost the number of countries trying to help.

"We need businesses, big and small, to do more too; which is why tomorrow, the White House is launching a private sector call to action, which will rally companies to do their part, from providing jobs to donating services to refugees," Power said.

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