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Human Rights Commissioner on World Refugee Day

19.06.2013 - Press release

Markus Löning, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, today (19 June) made the following statement on tomorrow’s World Refugee Day:

I am pleased that Germany is admitting several hundred refugees as part of the resettlement programme. Taking in 5000 refugees from Syria also sends an important signal.
However, when 80 percent of the refugees are admitted from developing countries, there is an imbalance. As secure and prosperous countries, we in Europe have an obligation to protect and a human responsibility that we must honour.
For World Refugee Day, my thanks go out above all to the staff of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which does outstanding work worldwide.


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