Guterres goes to Turkey: Syrian refugees should be allowed to seek asylum in West
Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 11, 2013
I’ve been mostly ignoring the clamor about the refugees flowing out of Syria because I know what it means. Our refugee industry will be going into high gear to bring them to the West, and here Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, hints at that.
I’m beginning to think these Middle East wars are just one big fat excuse to move Muslims into the West!
From Reuters about the new milestone—1 million Syrians are now outside the country and looking for somewhere to go (emphasis below is mine):
The number of refugees outside Syria could triple by the end of the year from the 1 million registered now if there is no political solution to the conflict, the head of the United Nations refugee agency said Sunday.
The millionth Syrian refugee was registered in Jordan Wednesday, following a dramatic acceleration in the number of civilians fleeing fighting in their homeland in the first two months of this year.
“If this escalation goes on … we might have in the end of the year a much larger number of refugees, two or three times the present level,” High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told reporters in Ankara.
Most refugees have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt and some to North Africa and Europe. In addition to the refugees, the UNHCR says more than 2 million of Syria’s 22 million people have been internally displaced.
Refugees have “right” to seek asylum!
Turkey, tired of it all, suggested “international safe zones,” camps inside Syria, but Guterres says NO! He is essentially saying here that UN camps would signal that this is a temporary situation, that they are going home in a short while, and he wants to keep the media pressure on so as not to “undermine the right of refugees to seek asylum in other countries.”
Guterres, who is on a four-day visit to Turkey, also warned of the risk of an “explosion” in the Middle East if there was no political end to the conflict in Syria, which has increasingly spilled beyond its borders. He did not explain his comments further.
Guterres will meet Turkish leaders during his trip as well as visiting a refugee camp near the Syrian border.
Turkey, which has more than 185,000 Syrians registered in camps on its territory, and tens of thousands more living in towns and cities, has long advocated setting up internationally protected zones inside Syria to protect fleeing civilians.
However, the notion has gained little traction in Western countries, who do not want to get further embroiled in the Syrian conflict.
Guterres said his agency was not against such safe zones in general but that they should not undermine the right for refugees to seek asylum in other countries.
The beat goes on!
A year ago this month, Guterres, a former Socialist Prime Minister of Portugal, was cited for mismanaging millions of your dollars as UN High Commissioner for Refugees since 2005. But, here he is, still in his job! helping decide the fate of Muslim refugees, many of whom will be placed in your towns and cities in the US, Canada, Australia and in Europe. Say no! We (US) were guilt-tripped (suckered!) into taking 100,000 Somalis and tens of thousands of Afghans and Iraqis as their Muslim countries imploded. Just say no!
Let the UN use its (your) millions to care for them in camps until they can return home!
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