US fears of terrorist "fifth column" among refugees "far from truth"

Syrians who fled across the Peshkhabour border into Kurdistan in northern Iraq walk towards a makeshift reception centre. File Photo: UNHCR/G. Gubaeva

Fears being expressed over a possible "fifth column" of terrorists entering the United States along with Syrian refugees are understandable, but unfounded.

That's according to the New York-based spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

So far, 31 state governors out of a total of 50 say they want to stop Syrians from being resettled in their states, claiming that terrorists will be hiding among them.

Matthew Wells asked OHCHR spokesperson, André-Michel Essoungou, what concerned him about the fears being voiced by politicians inside the US.

Duration: 4'02"

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