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World seeing “explosion” of refugees

World seeing “explosion” of refugees


The world is seeing an “explosion” of refugees as a result of multiple crises in the Middle East and Africa; that’s according to António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

He was speaking in New York as his agency, UNHCR, announced that 700,000 people are expected to seek safety and international protection in Europe this year.

So far in 2015, over half a million people, the majority of them refugees, have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to escape conflict and insecurity.

UNHCR has increased its funding appeal to US$ 128 million.

Edgard Pinto asked Mr Guterres what more support he needed to do the job of providing for refugees.

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UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe