UNHCR chief alarmed: violations of the refugee convention

Grandi said on the 70th anniversary of the signing of the convention he was alarmed because European and other countries were increasingly trying to evade their obligations. Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) called on the EU to do more in the fight against the causes of flight.

The Geneva Refugee Convention, one of the most important pillars of international humanitarian cooperation, was passed on July 28, 1951. It guarantees protection and acceptance for people who are persecuted in their own country. The convention also obliges receiving countries not to send anyone back where they are threatened with persecution. Recently, the convention has been criticized again and again because of the high number of migrants and refugees. It only applies to the persecuted, not to people who are frustrated and seek a better life elsewhere.

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