Adopted by the 203rd WMA Council Session, Buenos Aires, April 2016
Currently, a very large number of people are seeking refuge and/or asylum; some are fleeing war zones or other conflicts, others are fleeing from desperate poverty, violence, and other injustices and abuses with potentially very harmful effects to mental and physical health.
The global community has been ill prepared for handling the refugee crisis, including addressing the health needs of those seeking refuge.
The WMA recognizes that mass migration will continue unless people are content to stay in their birth countries because they see opportunities to live their lives in relative peace and security and to offer themselves and their families the ability to live lives with opportunities for fulfilment of various sorts, including economic improvement. The global community has a responsibility to seek to improve the lot of all populations, including those in countries currently with the poorest economies and other key factors. Sustainable development will give all populations improved security, and economic options.