UN Refugee Chief Says Europe Must Prepare Systems to Cope with Bigger Migrant Flows

UN Refugee Chief Says Europe Must Prepare Systems to Cope with Bigger Migrant Flows:

United Nations refugee chief Filippo Grandi has said that EU nations must prepare their asylum reception systems to cope with bigger migrant inflows.

Speaking to Refugees Deeply in Davos, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the “big failure” in Europe’s response to the migrant crisis in 2015 and 2016 was that governments visibly struggled to house, feed, and clothe the massive influx of third world migrants who marched on the continent after German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the border.

“We need to work more with Europe, and other countries that receive refugees, to make reception systems more effective for larger numbers than before,” he said, lamenting that migrant reception systems in the bloc had “cracked under the pressure” of huge inflows.

A perception that services were “not able to handle” the sheer number of newcomers descending on EU nations from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, Grandi said “caused a lot of negativity” and prompted European demands that politicians “push refugees back, close borders [and] build a wall”.

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