"The refugees and migrants
crossing the Mediterranean
and arriving on the shores of Europe,
the message that they have carried is
that if you don't solve problems,
problems will come to you,"~ the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said at a news briefing."It's painful that it has taken so long for people in the rich countries to understand that," he continued. "We need action, political action to stop conflicts; that would be the most important prevention of refugee flows."
"Barriers are rising everywhere ~ and I'm not just talking of walls. But I'm talking about legislative barriers that are coming up, including in countries in the industrialized world that have been for a long time bastions of principle in defending the fundamental rights linked to asylum."
"The fact that that flow has stopped does not mean the problem of displacement has ended. It may have ended for some countries that don't have to deal with it anymore, for now," he said.