Warnings of xenophobia at UN refugee summit

Life jackets collected from the beaches of Chios, Greece, are displayed at the Brooklyn Bridge park ahead of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New YorkUN member-states adopted a plan on Monday to tackle the biggest refugee crisis since World War II amid dire warnings about rising xenophobia in Europe and the collapse of countries bordering war-shattered Syria. The first-ever UN summit on refugees and migrants kicked off a week of high-level diplomacy as world leaders take part in the annual General Assembly meeting, dominated this year by the conflict in Syria. Speaking at the summit opening, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein made a rousing appeal to confront “race-baiting bigots,” recalling that the refugee crisis stemmed from the world’s failure to end the war in Syria.

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