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UN Refugee Chief Denies There Is a Migrant Crisis in Europe

UN Refugee Chief Denies There Is a Migrant Crisis in Europe

Debate in Europe framing illegal immigration from the third world as a problem is “dangerous”, the United Nations (UN) refugee chief has warned, insisting that the mass movement of peoples has been “a source of progress and prosperity since people first began to migrate”.

“Distorted” political debate on the subject has led to Europe becoming “obsessed” with a migrant crisis that “does not exist”, Filippo Grandi said, urging EU politicians to stop squabbling “over a few boats” [of illegal immigrants].

“Migration has been a source of progress and prosperity since people first began to migrate,” claimed the Italian, stating that the tendency of politicians to frame the phenomena as a “major problem” was “unfortunate” because it boosts the argument of people opposed to mass, third world migration.

Grandi repeatedly insisted there was no migrant crisis in Europe, stressing that the number of people arriving has “fallen sharply”.

When it was put to the Italian that development economists have argued it would be much more ethical to help refugees closer to their home regions, he told the newspaper: “Excuse me, but that is the wrong debate as 90 percent of the world’s refugees are already in those regions.

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