Warnings voiced that refugees may be targeted after Paris attacks

A volunteer on the Greek Island of Lesvos gathers a baby girl in her arms, moments after her family arrived in an inflatable boat. Photo: UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

Refugees should not be turned into scapegoats following the terrorist attacks in Paris, France the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has urged.

The agency said that it is 'disturbed' by language that demonizes refugees as a group and is concerned that some states may backtrack on commitments they've already made to help refugees in light of the events in Paris.

Meanwhile, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned that negative reaction against refugees or Muslims will only serve to strengthen the terrorist group ISIL that claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Nicki Chadwick has more.

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