UN hails German, Austrian decision to receive migrants

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Refugee Agency has hailed German and Austrian decision of receiving thousands of refugees and migrants who crossed the border last night from Hungary, praising the decision as “political leadership based on humanitarian values”.


In a statement the UNHCR also applauded Austrian and German civil society groups gearing up to assist people as they enter their countries.

However, the agency warned that the current concentration of refugees and migrants in a small number of countries willing to receive them was not a sustainable solution.

“There is clearly an urgent need to put in place an emergency plan to manage the refugee crisis,” said UNHCR, recalling concrete proposals put forward by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, who said that dealing with the biggest influx of refugees into Europe for decades require a “massive common effort”.