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Switzerland: UNHCR calls for solidarity to help refugees survive the freezing winter03:00

Switzerland: UNHCR calls for solidarity to help refugees survive the freezing winter

Switzerland, Geneva
January 13, 2017 at 15:47 GMT -00:00 · Published

Spokesperson for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Cecile Pouilly, called for solidarity to help refugees survive relentless winter conditions as the death toll continues to rise, during a press conference in Geneva on Friday.

Pouilly explained that five refugees and migrants lost their lives since the beginning of this year due to freezing weather as they tried to enter or cross Europe.

The UNHCR spokesperson stated, "Europe is a rich continent, we should be able to deal with these refugees and migrants, but there is a need for more solidarity, responsibility sharing, this is a call we have made many times, and we will continue doing so until actions are taken."

Spokesperson for the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), Joel Millman, added a further two people to the number killed by the same "winter temperatures" and "blizzards."

Pouilly then raised concerns over additional problems that recent reports have brought to light. She explained that authorities in countries along the western Balkans route continue to push refugees and migrants to neighbouring countries.

Pouilly said that in several cases, refugees and migrants have reported that their phones and even their clothes were confiscated and destroyed.

Switzerland: UNHCR calls for solidarity to help refugees survive the freezing winter03:00
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Spokesperson for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Cecile Pouilly, called for solidarity to help refugees survive relentless winter conditions as the death toll continues to rise, during a press conference in Geneva on Friday.

Pouilly explained that five refugees and migrants lost their lives since the beginning of this year due to freezing weather as they tried to enter or cross Europe.

The UNHCR spokesperson stated, "Europe is a rich continent, we should be able to deal with these refugees and migrants, but there is a need for more solidarity, responsibility sharing, this is a call we have made many times, and we will continue doing so until actions are taken."

Spokesperson for the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), Joel Millman, added a further two people to the number killed by the same "winter temperatures" and "blizzards."

Pouilly then raised concerns over additional problems that recent reports have brought to light. She explained that authorities in countries along the western Balkans route continue to push refugees and migrants to neighbouring countries.

Pouilly said that in several cases, refugees and migrants have reported that their phones and even their clothes were confiscated and destroyed.

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