The first-ever Global Refugee Forum in Geneva ended Wednesday with the UN Refugee Agency saying that the initial indications shoed over $7.7 billion in funds were pledged in total to improve the lives of refugees.

“Public support for asylum has wavered in recent years, and in many cases communities that host refugees have felt overwhelmed or forgotten,” said UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi at the end of the conference, co-chaired by Turkey.

“At this Forum, we have seen a decisive shift towards the longer-term view,” Grandi added in a statement.

According to the UNHCR, over $4.7 billion was pledged

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