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UN: 4 million refugees to come toward Europe unless Syria neighbors get more money

7 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Monday, September 07 2015 Sep 7, 2015 September 07, 2015 12:45 PM September 07, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

GENEVA - The head of the U.N.'s Geneva office says 4 million Syrian refugees will "get up and leave and come" toward Europe unless the world community gives money to three neighboring countries of Syria where they now live.

Michael Moeller says U.N. members need to offset costs paid by Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, and said the influx of Syrian refugees heading toward Europe was part of a larger, broader trend of mass migration worldwide.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Moeller urged a change in "the narrative" in receiving countries: "Not every refugee is a terrorist, or a criminal, or a job-stealer or whatever."

He also cautioned migrants and refugees against thinking that they'll "end up - all of them - in Germany." Germany has been among the most welcoming countries among EU states.

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