Rejecting Muslim refugees encourages ISIS, UN refugee head says
Monday, November 23, 2015

Antonio Guterres has just one month left, after 10 years as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to bolster support and battle back "nonsensical" fears about refugees importing terrorism. "Refugee movements are not the cause of terrorism," he said in an exclusive interview from the UN in New York. "On the contrary, we have refugee movements because of tyranny, of conflict and of terrorism."

The Paris attacks on Nov. 13, he acknowledges, have tested the resolve of many Western countries to admit more refugees. But he rejects the stubborn belief that the two are inextricably linked. "The big danger comes today from extremist groups that have sympathies, inside countries and communities," says Guterres.

"The homegrown terrorism is a much bigger threat in the recent events." In fact, Guterres cautions against rejecting Muslim refugees,especially now, warning that ISIS will exploit Western fears to feed its propaganda.

 

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Source: CBC