Respect the dignity of migrants fleeing to Europe

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In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, refugees take shelter beneath a metal pavilion on a rainy day, near the town of Gevgelija, on the border with Greece. Photo File: UNICEF/Tomislav Georgiev

Refugees fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, deserve to be treated with dignity not suspicion, said the head of the International Organization for Migration, or IOM.

Speaking before Wednesday's high-level UN meeting on migration, which is expected to focus on the exodus from the Middle-East to Europe, Director General William Swing, said the inter-governmental organisation was there to help both migrants and host countries cope.

Reem Abaza spoke to Mr Swing and asked him whether Europeans were right to view the current situation as a crisis.

Duration: 5'06"

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