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Europe needs more 'rational' discussion on migrants: UN refugee chief

Migrants wait to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija on August 20, 2015Attitudes towards migrants in Europe “are more emotional than rational”, with denial about the realities of migration helping fuel the current crisis, the head of the UN’s refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, said Thursday. “I think that the discussions about migration in Europe are discussions that are more emotional than rational,” Guterres said at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva. “Migration is part of the solution to European problems,” he said, pointing to the low fertility rates affecting most European countries and the fact that immigrants often do jobs that local people don’t want.

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