GENEVA: The UN refugee agency urged European countries on Tuesday not to react to Friday's attacks in Paris by rejecting or blaming refugees, the vast majority of whom were fleeing persecution or conflict.
Refugees in Germany fear backlash
"We are concerned about reactions by some states to end the programs being put in place, backtracking from commitments made to manage the refugee crisis (i.e. relocation), or proposing the erection of more barriers," UNHCR's chief spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said.
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"We are deeply disturbed by language that demonises refugees as a group. This is dangerous as it will contribute to xenophobia and fear."
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced increasing calls Monday to delay bringing in 25,000 Syrian refugees by year’s end due to security concerns, following attacks in Paris.
While an online petition against fast-tracking Syrian asylum seekers’ bids to relocate to Canada gained steam, the premier of Saskatchewan province, Brad Wall, in an open letter urged the prime minister to “suspend” the move.
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