UN sets up body to mit­i­gate refugee risks

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AMID grow­ing con­cern for the safety of African refugees un­der­tak­ing ex­treme risks to es­cape vi­o­lence and per­se­cu­tion, a high-level body set up by the UN on the con­ti­nent is seek­ing to help forge po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus to ad­dress chal­lenges and save lives.

Bor­der con­trol mea­sures and strin­gent poli­cies pre­vent Africa from re­al­is­ing the ben­e­fits of mi­gra­tion, said Ab­dalla Ham­dok, the act­ing ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the UN Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion for Africa at the launch of a High Level Panel on Mi­gra­tion in Africa.

“Travel in Africa by Africans is cur­tailed by strin­gent visa re­quire­ments, ex­ces­sive bor­der con­trols and im­mi­gra­tion re­stric­tions,” said Ham­dok, not­ing that thou­sands have per­ished while try­ing to cross the Mediter­ranean Sea to reach Europe.

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