As the U.N. General Assembly meets to discuss the worst refugee crisis in history, humanitarian agencies based in Baltimore are joining the call to overhaul the way the world comes to the aid of people forced from their homes by wars and disasters.
Paul Miller, an adviser at Lutheran World Relief, says the current system, designed 70 years ago to address the flow of peoples across Europe after World War II, isn't able to respond effectively to the conflicts of today, which can leave people living as refugees for decades.
"Is this thing fit for purpose?" he asked, and answered himself: "No. It no longer is."
Solutions, they say, include resolving the...