Jun 20, 2021, 10:47 AM
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UN chief commends countries welcoming refugees

Tehran, June 20, IRNA - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a message on World Refugee Day commended the countries that have welcomed refugees.

In his message, Guterres said that war, violence and persecution have forced more than 80 million people around the world to flee their homes and seek refuge in other countries.

However, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the situation for them with their livelihoods wiped out, exposing them disproportionately to the virus, the UN chief added.

At the same time, refugees once again demonstrated their invaluable contribution to their adoptive societies as essential and frontline workers.   

He called on communities and governments to include refugees in health care, education, and sport.

Guterres also commend the countries that have welcomed refugees, underlining that even more support from States, the private sector, communities and individuals is needed.

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