UNHCR urges greater protection for Syrian and other asylum-seekersListen /
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on countries to protect asylum-seekers, including Syrians escaping the crisis in their homeland.
This follows reports that some European Union states have been denying entry to asylum-seekers or even turning them back.
The agency says such practices could place these people at further risk and expose them to additional trauma.
Spokesperson Adrian Edwards says UNHCR is seeking further information from Bulgaria and Greece over recent reported incidents.
"In Cyprus, we've received reports of Syrians being denied access in the northern part of the country. We continue to work with the government to ensure that Syrians do have access to asylum procedures."
UNHCR is also calling for a global moratorium on any return of Syrians to neighbouring states which are already hosting more than two million refugees from the ongoing crisis in Syria.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.