‘Support refugees and show similar leadership’, UN Chief urges the world to follow Pakistan’s example
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges the world to support refugees and follow Pakistan’s example. He said that other countries need to see how Pakistan sheltered Afghan refugees for 40 years.
“For 40 years, Pakistan has sheltered Afghan refugees. I urge the world to support host countries and show similar leadership in standing with the refugees,” Antonio Guterres said.
The United Nations Secretary-General arrived in Pakistan to attend a conference on refugees. The conference, UN believes will “send a global reminder about the fate of millions of Afghans living as refugees”.
My first meeting in Pakistan: generations of Afghan refugees shared their deeply moving stories, hopes & dreams.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) February 16, 2020
Pakistan is organizing the conference in collaboration with the UNHCR on 17 and 18 February to mark 40 years of Afghan refugees’ stay in Pakistan. Guterres began his four-day visit by meeting Afghan refugees in Pakistan. He was impressed with Pakistan’s generosity.
“Pakistan is full of hospitality and particularly people of Pakistan and hospitality for Afghanistan refugees,” he said.
Among the largest Refugee-hosting countries:
You would be surprised to know that the largest refugee-hosting countries in 2018 were not western nations, but in fact, they were Turkey and Pakistan.
The 2018 UN Refugee Agency report revealed that Turkey was the country hosting the largest refugee population, with 3.7 million at the end of 2018, up from 3.5 million in December 2017.
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