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Geneva Calls For More Help Amid Refugee Crisis In Italy


By Gabrielle Okun

The U.N. Refugee Agency in Geneva called for European countries to help ease of the burden of refugees currently residing in Italy on Saturday.

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi stated that, “What is happening in front of our eyes in Italy is an unfolding tragedy.” He asserted that while Italy was “playing its part” other European countries need to accommodate more refugees.

Approximately 12,600 refugees arrived in Italy last weekend over only a five-day period, according to the Outlook. An Italian governmental official stated Wednesday that, “Italy had reached it’s saturation point,” in terms of taking in more refugees.

Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic have refused to accept refugees due to security concerns.

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