UNHCR concerned about treatment to migrants after attacks

GENEVA, Nov. 18 (MNA) – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed his concern about the measures adopted by some countries after recent attacks against the French capital, many of which are affecting undocumented people.

Those measures include the end of programs to assist migrants, border militarization and interruption of a mechanism to redistribute asylum applicants.

We are concerned about the language that demonizes refugees. That is dangerous, because it contributes to xenophobia and fear. Migrants should not become the secondary victims of those tragic events, said UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming.

She also recalled that the majority of the undocumented people go to Europe to escape from conflicts and threats in their countries of origin.

She also highlighted the need to extend the legal ways of migration, promote programs for resettlement and humanitarian admittance, and adopt measures against human slavery.

 

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