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UN decries 'despicable' bias by rich countries as refugee numbers soar | Africanews - 9 months ago, 19 June 13:08

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The United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees on Monday said governments in many rich countries have adopted a “despicable” rhetoric on migration, as many ignore their duty to help people fleeing war or persecution.

Filippo Grandi told Reuters that economic migrants had different rights and needs from people fleeing war and persecution but they were often conflated in the eyes of the public, which saw them as a threat.

“First of all, the global figure has gone up again by a couple million. We are now at 68.5 million people displaced or refugees globally. Needless to say this is because of protracted conflicts. Now, governments should actually exercise leadership, provide good responses. It is possible, it is manageable. We are not talking about unmanageable numbers moving to the rich countries. But the contrary has happened, that governments have projected an image of emergency, of invasion, and actually, unfortunately, many political leaders have ...
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