GENEVA / US MIGRATION

25-Jan-2019 00:01:12
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said it expected all countries, including the United States, to “ensure that any person in need of refugee protection is able to reach safe ground and have their claim for asylum reviewed.” UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / US MIGRATION
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 25 JANUARY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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25 JANUARY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Elizabeth Throssell, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“We’ve not seen the details so therefore are not really in a position to comment on what may or may not be involved. We are, however, concerned that many of the people arriving at the southern US border are fleeing life-threatening violence or persecution, and they are in need of international protection. Now, UNHCR expects all countries, and that includes the United States, to ensure that any person in need of refugee protection is able to reach safe ground and have their claim for asylum reviewed. UNHCR stands ready to support the US and all governments and civil society partners to implement policies that ensure those rights. It is something that we have stressed and reiterated before and I will do it here; national security and dignified reception of refugees and asylum-seekers are not mutually exclusive but, rather, mutually reinforcing.”
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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said it expected all countries, including the United States, to “ensure that any person in need of refugee protection is able to reach safe ground and have their claim for asylum reviewed.”

The comments were made by UNHCR spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell in Geneva today (25 Jan) in response to questions on the planned announcement by the US administration on what is known as the ‘remain in Mexico’ policy which, according to media reporters, would force people seeking asylum in the US to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed in US courts.

Throssell said UNHCR was aware of the planned announcement, but it had not seen the details and therefore was “not really in a position to comment on what may or may not be involved.” However, she stressed UNHCR’s concern that “many of the people arriving at the southern US border are fleeing life-threatening violence or persecution, and they are in need of international protection.”

The spokesperson reaffirmed UNHCR’s view that “national security and dignified reception of refugees and asylum-seekers are not mutually exclusive but, rather, mutually reinforcing.”
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