UNHCR ASKS WORLD TO TAKE IN 400,000 SYRIAN REFUGEES
NEW YORK, Mar 16 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Tuesday, called on countries to step forward, and take in another 400,000 Syrian refugees.
On his first visit to Washington, since being appointed to head the UN refugee efforts, Filippo Grandi, said, the world must do more to end the crisis.
“On Mar 30, I’m going to chair a meeting in Geneva, at which I will ask the international community, to take 10 percent of all the Syrian refugees,” Grandi said.
“Ten percent is a lot of people. It’s more than 400,000 people,” he told reporters, on the fifth anniversary of Syria’s bloody civil war, the UN official explained.
More than four million Syrians have fled their war-torn country, since the conflict erupted, and more than six million are displaced within its borders.
Neighbouring Jordan,Turkey and Lebanon are struggling to cope with the exodus, and the onward flow has created a political and humanitarian crisis in Europe