UN calls for empathy amid refugee backlash

But the UN Secretary General’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarris was quick to push back saying,

“The reaction to the wave of refugees we’re seeing should be one of compassion and empathy.

This should obviously force us to redouble our efforts to find an end to the fighting in Syria. Now obviously, it is understandable that countries need to take whatever measures they need to take to protect their own citizens against any form of terrorism, but I think focusing that on refugees, vulnerable people who are themselves fleeing violence, I think would not be the right way to go.”