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Ann Coulter
This Daily Trump melodrama is worth it ONLY if he's really going to build the wall, cut off Muslim refugees and deport illegals.feedback
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NEW Jun 22 2017
Angela Merkel, Filippo Grandi, António Guterres and Jeremy Corbyn, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Refugees. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 542 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 777 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Angela Merkel is: “Apart from all the criticism we currently have for Turkey, they did a lot for the 3 million refugees and it is right that Europe would assist Turkey on this matter.”.
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Maria Kamma

We want to revive traditions that were dying out due to a dwindling population, like making cheese and gathering medicinal herbs. By integrating refugees, we can boost the local economy and encourage eco-tourism.feedback

Majid Kamasaee

When I arrived on Manus they confiscated my medicine. Everyday in the harsh sun my skin felt like it was on fire. The scars got worse and then developed growths. I was in pain every minute of every day on Manus Island.feedback

Kate Schuetze

It must be a turning point towards a better solution for refugees - one that is grounded in protection, not abuse.feedback

David Hudson

The second ad was a huge success. The data was clear. If you can trigger a sense of hope, donations go up.feedback

David Hudson

Children who have lost their homes, starving families, the heartstrings thing. Ads that convey 'If you don't donate, people will die.' That's what everyone believes works.feedback

Scott Harrison

Our approach is that water is binary. People are either drinking clean water, which is good, or they aren't, which is bad. We want to present an easy choice.feedback

Patrice Martin

There's lots of people who think Charity: Water is working on the wrong issue, or they're telling the wrong stories.feedback

Amanda Seller - International Rescue Committee

Because sometimes you can't tell the victims from the perpetrators or how long it'll last.feedback

Amanda Seller - International Rescue Committee

With an earthquake, it's easy; everyone is an innocent victim, and they have a problem that will eventually end.feedback

Scott Harrison

These are all pictures of sad kids, crying women, scary statistics. What kind of success stories can I tell? And what is success? How do we know when things are getting better?feedback

Scott Harrison

When we started, the biggest problem was that my friends said giving to charity was really depressing.feedback

Andrej Mahecic

It is tragic that this happened to people who have gone through so much.feedback

Joel Millman - International Organization for Migration

I don't know the name of the restaurant, but that's what our person on the site is reporting today.feedback

Chris Gunness

In December 2016, UNRWA's mandate was extended for three years by the General Assembly by a large majority. The situation of Palestine Refugees needs to be resolved as part of a political resolution of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

It is time UNRWA be dismantled and merged with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. I told her it was time the United Nations re-examine UNRWA's existence.feedback

Denise Zamora

We're anti-Shariah. We're anti-radicals. It's coming in very slowly, and a lot of the refugees are bringing that ideology here. All of it is just barbaric.feedback

Giles Duley

It is hard to comprehend the scale of the crisis in Lebanon, a country of 4 million now hosting over 1 million Syrian refugees. The infrastructure of the country is pushed to its limit, and nowhere is that situation more desperate than in the Bekaa Valley.feedback

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

It's in U.S. interests to try and compel Tehran and Riyadh to address their differences and cooperate against ISIS. Acrimony and distrust between Iran and Saudi Arabia only causes more civilian casualties in Syria and Yemen, more refugees pouring into Europe, and more Sunni and Shia radicalism. In lieu of a grand strategy, our Iran policy must be sophisticated and nimble enough to cooperate when possible, counter when necessary, and contain intelligently, until the Islamic republic's internal contradictions force a course correction.feedback

Dinesh Chawla

I am an immigrant, and I have sympathy for people who are refugees. I do believe in legal immigration.feedback

Sadiq Khan

When Theresa May first invited him on a state visit to our country at a time when he was proposing a travel ban on Muslims and changing the American policy on refugees, I said it was inappropriate to be rolling out the red carpet for Donald Trump … nothing has changed my mind.feedback

Duncan Lewis

I have absolutely no evidence to suggest there is a connection between refugees and terrorism. Really needs to think again on this issue.feedback

Donald J. Trump

America sends our thoughts, our prayers and our deepest sympathies to the victims of this evil slaughter and we renew our resolve stronger than ever before: To protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life and it's gone on too long. This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the travel ban as an extra level of safety! Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the UK, we will be there - We are with you. God bless!feedback

Karim Elguindi - World Food Programme

For up to 20 years most humanitarian assistance has been for registered refugees Since last year more than 75,000 came in addition to other tens of thousands unregistered refugees, they were not having much. The aim is to provide something more dignified and a user harmonised approach, similar to what we have in registered camps.feedback

Mohammad Ali Hussain

Almost all rickety houses in the district were completely or partially destroyed by the cyclone. Not only Rohingya houses.feedback

Setara Begum

There's no roof. We are just drinking water. The little food we had in our home was all damaged after the cyclone. My children are crying for food. I am helpless. I have no money. There's no hope. I don't know how I will raise my children.feedback

Hamida Begum

We heard that a cyclone is coming. But there's no place we can go. I hate being a Rohingya. We are being tortured in Myanmar. Now in Bangladesh we have no rights - nothing. After this cyclone, we don't have a roof. We are living under the sky. We have no future.feedback

Omar Farukh

We have passed a difficult time. We had no tin or plastic sheets above our heads and almost all of us passed the night in the rain. We tried to save our belongings, whatever we have, with pieces of plastic sheet.feedback

Roberto Barbieri - Oxfam Intermón

Migration is really a big issue, because we are in a situation in which 65 million people are displaced or refugees. That is the biggest number ever since the Second World War. We have a huge responsibility towards these people. This a nation. Somehow this is the hidden nation.feedback

Erol Kekic - Church World Service

The president's proposed budget cuts for 2018 would mean we would have a much smaller program next year no matter what happens with his executive orders.feedback

Nikki Haley

It's starting the conversation. It doesn't mean that's where it will end up. He's going to have that conversation with Congress on where we should fall on this.feedback

Jesse Brown

Trudeau is the political equivalent of a YouTube puppy video. Each week, Trudeau feeds the news cycle a new sharable moment, and our Facebook feeds are overwhelmed with shots of the adorable young statesman cuddling pandas and hugging refugees and getting accidentally photographed in the wild with his top off, twice.feedback

Alexandra Bilak

Not including internal displacement as an integral part of that entire displacement and migration picture is very shortsighted, because by looking only at the point of arrival and not considering where those journeys started, inevitably you're missing part of the picture. If you redirect attention to the countries of origin and to really understanding the driving forces of these movements it would be a much more strategic approach and investment.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

What we focus on is the symptom of this breakdown of protection and human rights of people in their local communities. We just focus on the symptom, which is the people we see at our borders. First, conflict resolution needs to be redoubled, tripled, quadrupled. It's incredible there's not a bigger pull towards a peaceful settlement of the Yemeni conflict. We also need to get economic life to countries like Yemen and elsewhere so there's not a collapse in social structures there. Then we need investment in avoiding environmental degradation, and we need disaster risk reduction.feedback

Isabelle D'Haudt

Host communities that have shared their land have benefited from new schools and health centres. But expectations are not always met and we are seeing increasing tensions as refugees and locals compete for services and natural resources. The crisis is a financial one – the framework is there but we need funding to provide better facilities – we can't work miracles without money.feedback

Christian Schmidt

Uganda is the Germany of east Africa. All the top members of government have been refugees so their inclination is to say these South Sudanese are our brothers. The policy has always been, let them in.feedback

Chris Cornell

One of my close friends is the producer of the film, who's Armenian, Eric Esrailian. My wife is Greek. Her grandparents were actually refugees from the same period of Greek refugees, the same policy. If neither of those things existed, it would still be something that I would want to be a part of and be able to have the opportunity to write a song for such an impactful, and what I think of as an important film.feedback

Sadek Hamid

Let's not forgot this is the man who stated last year that 'Islam hates us' and introduced the 'Muslim travel ban' on refugees and restricted visa applications from a list of Muslim majority countries.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

You cannot have a European Union which argues over every single decimal place on the issue of budgets with each country, and which, when you have an EU member which acts like Poland or Hungary on issues linked to universities and learning, or refugees, or fundamental values, decides to do nothing.feedback

Chris Cornell

Literally, it's the DNA that goes from my children back to my wife's grandparents, who were both refugees of that policy. It felt like that connection was there.feedback

Robert Collins

Sustainability at blocking the border would be a huge challenge–food, material, shelter for the troops. Intervention across the border to create a buffer zone will be even harder because they would be doubling their logistical challenges in supporting the refugees. Those groups that grab the nukes will have the upper hand. This could lead to civil war, pushing North Koreans north to China, off both coasts in flight by sea, and attempts to cross the DMZ. The latter would result in more deaths than successes due to the density of military forces there.feedback

Justin Forsyth - UNICEF

One child moving alone is one too many and yet, today, there are a staggering number of children doing just that – we as adults are failing to protect them. Ruthless smugglers and traffickers are exploiting their vulnerability for personal gain, helping children to cross borders, only to sell them into slavery and forced prostitution. It is unconscionable that we are not adequately defending children from these predators.feedback

George Graham - Save the Children

Children fleeing violence, persecution and poverty are taking huge risks in search of safety … it is vital that the EU urgently establishes safe and legal routes which offer children the chance to find sanctuary, rather than being forced to make deadly journeys, often completely alone.feedback

Justin Forsyth - UNICEF

These children need a real commitment from governments around the world to ensure their safety throughout their journeys.feedback

Lily Caprani

This shows the need for the UK government to do more to ensure that refugee and migrant children are safe and protected when trying to reach the UK. We must build upon the work done to bring children to safety from Calais last year and improve our rules on family reunion. By making it possible for children to safely reach their family members in the UK from countries of origin and transit, our government could stop the need for these dangerous journeys to Europe.feedback

Thomas J. Reese - National Catholic Reporter

If the Chinese president can educate him on North Korea in 15 minutes, hopefully the pope can educate him on some of these issues like climate change and refugees and immigrants and concerns for the poor. On the other hand, it may be that all the president is interested in is a photo-op and looking presidential. If that's the case they'll give him the photo-op and send him on his way.feedback

Justin Forsyth - UNICEF

One child moving alone is one too many, and yet today, there are a staggering number of children doing just that. We as adults are failing to protect them. This is the tip of the iceberg. Many children who never register fall into the hands of smugglers. The real number is much bigger. We lack an enormous amount of data.feedback

Tim Farron

Where we have good schools and hospitals. Where we take the challenge of climate change seriously. Where give our teachers and nurses and soldiers the pay rise they deserve for the service they give our country. Where we have an open, innovative economy. Where we treat the poorest and the most vulnerable with compassion. Where we don't turn our back on desperate refugees. That's the Britain I love. That's the Britain I want to lead.feedback

Dimitris Avramopoulos

If no action is taken within a month, I will have to act on my side and take, I would say, legal measures.feedback

Kinga Gal

For them the quota means they're allowed to come, because then they'll be relocated. It's an invitation for those hundreds of thousands of people, and also a chance for human traffickers to carry out more horrific acts.feedback

Hillary Clinton

From the Women's March to airports across the country where communities are welcoming immigrants and refugees to town hall meetings in every community, Americans are speaking out like never before. I believe more fiercely than ever that citizen engagement at every level is central to a strong and vibrant democracy. To support this wave of grassroots organizing, we're launching Onward Together, an organization dedicated to advancing the progressive vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election.feedback

Hillary Clinton

From the Women's March to airports where communities are welcoming immigrants and refugees to town hall meetings in every community, Americans are speaking up and speaking out like never before. The challenges we face as a country are real. But there's no telling what we can achieve if we approach the fights ahead with the passion and determination we feel today, and bring that energy into 2017, 2018, 2020, and beyond. Onward! We're launching Onward Together to encourage people to get involved, organize, and even run for office.feedback

Hillary Clinton

From the Women's March to airports across the country where communities are welcoming immigrants and refugees to town hall meetings in every community, Americans are speaking out like never before. I believe more fiercely than ever that citizen engagement at every level is central to a strong and vibrant democracy. This year hasn't been what I envisioned, but I know what I'm still fighting for: a kinder, big-hearted, inclusive America. Onward!feedback

Josef Joffe

Merkel has risen from the ashes of 2016 when she was widely criticized for her open-arms policy on the refugees. All seems forgiven. I have no doubt that her party will come out as the strongest in September, that she will gain a fourth term.... So four more years.feedback

David Beasley

The suffering of the South Sudanese people is just unimaginable. They are close to the abyss. Violence is at the root of this crisis. Aid workers often cannot reach the most vulnerable hungry people. Many are dying from hunger and disease, many more have fled their homeland for safety abroad.feedback

Xi Jinping

Economic growth is not on solid ground ... Economic globalisation is encountering some headwinds. Development has become more uneven – not to mention the other challenges that overshadow the world economy such as wars, conflicts, terrorism and a massive flow of refugees and migrants. Confronted by these challenges many countries are pondering the way forwards ... [but] in a world of growing interdependence and challenges ... no country can tackle all the challenges or solve the world's problems on its own.feedback

Alessandro Michele - Gucci Group

We have all kinds of customers. Everybody is free to do what they want. Diversity in Europe was not a big discussion. It's a problem that still exists. We're in a very different moment when you think about Italy and [refugees from] Syria. It's not just something you read in the newspaper. It's in your life. In England, when you had Margaret Thatcher, it was one of the most creative moments. We have to use our voice. I don't want to just talk about dress. The way you think is important.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Mmm, East Timor worked out well, I suppose. And the armed forces have done a good job picking up refugees in the Mediterranean.feedback

Bertrand Rossier

To play on public fears and merely view these people as a security or an economic issue is shortsighted. This is a humanitarian crisis and MSF calls for urgent, coordinated action to ensure that people on the move are safe from violence and persecution.feedback

Bertrand Rossier

Murder, kidnappings, threats, recruitment by non-state armed actors, extortion, sexual violence, and forced disappearance – these are the realities of war and conflicts also faced by people in this region of Central America. Attempts to stem migration by strengthening national borders and increased detention or deportation, as we have seen in Mexico and in the U.S., ignore a genuine humanitarian crisis and do not curb smuggling and trafficking. These strategies have devastating consequences on the lives and health of people on the move.feedback

Carla Denti

We see gunshot wounds, blunt force trauma ... mutilation of body parts during kidnappings, for example, breaking of bones, wounds from being thrown out of trains.feedback

Tim Farron

Labour should match this [Liberal Democrat pledge], this is a challenge to other parties and particularly to the government. I think we need a strong opposition and you only get that with a clear alternative – this is our clear alternative. I don't want us to be the kind of country who turns our back on those in desperate need. This is about Britain doing its fair share, it's not about taking all of the burden. I had met Syrian refugees in Cologne, welcomed into a civilized country which had the desire to do the right thing.feedback

Tim Farron

They were setting up home, very quickly learning German, aeronautical engineers who will become loyal, tax-paying German citizens. As safe, sanitary and caring as a camp can be made to be, it's still a flaming camp and it's no way to raise your kids.feedback

Raad Al Azzawi

In Iraq, there is a lot of misery, and I saw these writings and frankly, I was very sad.feedback

Tim Farron

My job is to try to present a different set of value, we are a political party making this a major part of our campaign. We believe the British people are better than the Conservative party are making us out to be.feedback

Theresa May

We have always taken the view that we can help more Syrian refugees by putting aid into the region.feedback

Eric T. Schneiderman

It's no secret that we've seen intense fear in immigrant communities across New York in recent months. To take advantage of that fear for financial gain is simply unconscionable. Unfortunately, frightened and desperate people are the number one target of scammers. My office won't hesitate to crack down on those seeking to take advantage of this climate of fear -- and I urge anyone who suspects that they are the victim of a scam or price gouging to contact my office.feedback

Brandi Carlile

I was talking to my wife about it one night just after the baby was born, saying, I don't think I can tolerate the reality anymore that parents feel this way about their children and they're having to flee their homes in the middle of the night. We knew we wanted to take the 10th anniversary of the record and completely dedicate it to the refugee crisis in some way, so we looked up War Child to see what they were doing, and they had a campaign called 'The Story'. We took that as a sign, so we contacted them and asked them if they'd support us in supporting them, and they did.feedback

Brandi Carlile

I thought I was going to get really lo-fi ... lots of iPhone recordings and GarageBand demos from the back of the tour bus, but I was really surprised when everyone went into proper studios and really put a lot into these songs. But what I wanted it to sound like was what each individual artist would want their addition to sound like so that we could engage all different types of people from different demographics. I can't reach into the refugee crisis and create an awareness that would be based on everyone sounding the same.feedback

Margo Price

Brandi picked [the song] and it was my favorite off of the record, so it was perfect that we both had the same idea in mind. She's been so supportive of me, so it was the least I could do to repay my gratitude to her. Brandi has been passionate about the refugee crisis long before people even knew it was an issue.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The increasing numbers of passengers on board vessels used by traffickers – with an average of 100 to 150 people – are also alarming and the main cause of shipwrecks, and risks are increased by the worsening quality of vessels and the increasing use of rubber boats instead of wooden ones. Saving lives must be the top priority for all and, in light of the recent increase in arrivals, I urge further efforts to rescue people along this dangerous route. This is a matter of life or death which appeals to our most basic sense of humanity and should not be called into question.feedback

Medea Savary - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Actually the Italian Coastguard has informed us of a rescue, where some 70 people were aboard an inflatable boat that mentioned that another, more or less, 70 people were missing. We are still trying to get more information from the people who will disembark over the coming days to see whether there are survivors of this incident but this tragically brings the total number of people dead and missing since the beginning of the year to more than 1,150.feedback

Josef Janning

This is what happens when the refugee crisis doesn't dominate the headlines anymore and the right-wing populists are dismantling themselves. It isn't that simple after all to break Europe apart with nationalism.feedback

Dolly Parton

One thing I just couldn't reconcile was what I was reading in the news [about the refugee crisis] and the kind of lifestyle we were able to give our daughter. It felt like a juxtaposition I just couldn't ignore.feedback

Jim Wallis

I wouldn't tell people who to vote for but I would tell them what to vote against and this might encourage more churches to speak out against him. Donald Trump's use of racism and racial bigotry is unchristian. His attack on refugees is anti-Christian. The biggest religious liberty issue now for me is how Christians are going to protect the liberty of Muslims. That's the top issue, more than whether they have to hire gay people.feedback

Yasuhiro Hishida

The number of applications from regions which generate lots of refugees, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, is small.feedback

Iwona Blazwick

People were so grateful to have a chance to escape from the constant presence of the tremendous hardship, the political process, upheaval, the impact of refugees.feedback

Aysar Issa

My brothers and I are working in the camp to survive. We receive little more than 5,000 Iraqi Dinars ($4.28) a day, but we have no other choice since we cannot return to our village.feedback

Nashwan Yousef

I will go back to Qaraqosh as soon as it is safe. I want to rebuild my destroyed house, even if I have to live in a tent in front of the house until I can do so.feedback

Jay Ihme

The road itself is in Canada. That ditch to your immediate right is in the U.S.feedback

Greg Janzen

He's ill-informed. And same with Mr. [Ahmed] Hussen, who's the immigration minister. I don't think they realize the impact of their decisions right now. They're trying to cover this story up. I'll even f-----g put a drone up there. The local RCMP want to give it and they can't. If they do it, they lose their jobs. So, I'm going to take things into my own hands.feedback

Jay Ihme

I don't want to defend a border. People should enter legally and do it properly ... But, you know, we've been having this undefended border since forever, and I'd like to keep it that way.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

The objective of displacing Assad, as a prerequisite of any settlement, with the current means and policy, has proved unachievable. Despite the chemical attack and the recent escalation of military conflict Assad, with Russian support, remains in power. There are no good options available in Syria but the recent chemical attack, the urgency of the humanitarian crisis, with the potential to destabilise the EU and countries of the Middle East with refugees, requires the UK, and international community, to redouble its efforts to achieve a negotiated solution.feedback

Abdallah al-Zoubi

Our involvement in the project represents a tiny bit of the greater efforts Jordan is exerting in hosting the unfortunate children of Syria who are facing extreme conditions living in the desert. We hope that the results and outcomes of the project will ease the suffering of refugees and lead to a dignified stay in Jordan before their final short journey back home.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

In the next three months after I am elected, there will be a decision on Poland. You cannot have a European Union which argues over every single decimal place on the issue of budgets with each country, and which, when you have an EU member which acts like Poland or Hungary on issues linked to universities and learning, or refugees, or fundamental values, decides to do nothing.feedback

Hamdi Ulukaya

Anybody in the community who wanted to work for those years would find a job at Chobani. Anybody, we were hiring. Because [my] number one thing is I was gonna hire everyone local before I go outside.feedback

Ivanka Trump

I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that's happening, and we have to come together and we have to solve it. That has to be part of the discussion. But that's not going to be enough in and of itself.feedback

Sherry Lansing

I saw it earlier on. Right after Tomb Raider, she was on my same flight out of London where she sat next to me. She had nothing with her but a backpack and she was going back to Cambodia to work with the refugees. She was always interested in causes bigger than herself and she always worked hard for those causes. She's done amazing good to make the world a better place.feedback

Tim Farron

I hope these children are identified and brought to the UK as soon as humanely possible – it is our moral duty and responsibility. The Dubs scheme was opened after huge pressure both in parliament and from the public – we wanted to see 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees offered sanctuary in Britain. Whilst I welcome the fact the government will now take in some more, this is simply not enough.feedback

Arnaud Ranzenberger

They ask for documents that are very difficult to provide and the file stays blocked as long as we don't provide the documentation.feedback

Thomas Huddleston

Applications from refugees cannot be rejected, or refused to be received or examined, for the sole reason of missing evidence. This would be illegal under EU law.feedback

Thomas De Maiziere

This is not something to gloss over. Those who commit serious offences here forfeit their right to stay here. The proportion of foreign suspects, and migrants in particular, is higher than the average for the general population. We cannot allow all refugees living among us to be put under general suspicion. The vast majority live with us and adhere to our rules and values.feedback

Azad Jelal

Three fighters from Isil were near the Peshmerga checkpoint in al-Rashad. They met some feral boars and the boars killed the three fighters. Some refugees saw the bodies on the edge of a farm when they were fleeing and they told us. A few days later Isil started to kill pigs around the area.feedback

Maria Yolanda Wigozki

Many of these immigrants and refugees have gone through trauma in their own life growing up as infants or teenagers, escaping from war, or escaping from gangs, or having domestic violence where they grew up. They already carry a lot of stress in them.feedback

Thangam Debbonaire

A refugee is a refugee, however they were granted status. Most will want to return home when conflict is over and, in the meantime, want to contribute to this country. These are often skilled professionals and, by definition, they all have strength and determination to offer. But there are administrative flaws in the system, which could be easily fixed. Creating a two-tier system for refugees, loading the dice against people who come here to build a new life, is not just the wrong thing to do, but a costly missed opportunity for Britain.feedback

David Burrowes

For too many refugees, being granted their status is the beginning of a period characterised by homelessness and destitution. Protection must mean more than just a piece of paper.feedback

David Burrowes

When I arrived in Britain, I wanted a hand up, not a hand out, to get back on my own two feet, continue my work and studies and start supporting my family. I'm grateful to Britain for the support I received and I hope to have the opportunity to repay the country with my work. I want all refugees to have the same opportunity.feedback

Theresa May

I am very proud of the record we have, of the children around the world who are being educated as a result of the British government, of the British taxpayer, of its international aid, the ability we had to help in the Ebola crisis, the work that we have been doing supporting Syrian refugees. I was in Jordan a couple of weeks ago meeting some youngsters being given a good quality education.feedback

Abbas Kabir

This has become part of my life. Most of my fellow refugees don't have money to join a gym and so on but we can come here and play football for free. It's got a nice community feel and really helps people to cope and adapt.feedback

James Lowbridge

Football is a way of getting young people's attention and then there are educational inputs from ourselves, youth workers and the local police. It's one way of helping non-refugees to understand that refugees are not here to cause problems but because it's a safe haven away from issues they face in their own countries. It's worked really well and we've had no issues.feedback

Naomi Westland

The response from football clubs has been encouraging. We had hoped to get about 10 clubs involved but over 20 have come on board.feedback

Daniel Ruiz

They refuse to release our agents, 13 in total, of which two are expatriates. They are all disarmed, but they demand asylum in Uganda, Kenya or Ethiopia.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump and his advisers are rightly concerned about Syria and North Korea. These rogue states, guilty of human rights atrocities, pose the risk of wider violence and destabilization. Syria’s civil war has already created millions of refugees, has rekindled diseases (e.g. polio) that were once thought to be extinct and has allowed the country to become a haven for Islamic State terrorists. And yet, these should be lesser concerns in the bigger scheme.feedback

Vincent Olislagers

Just getting to the hospital can be very hard if you don't speak the language and have limited legal rights.feedback

Abdu Bulama Bukar

Married women have been made single again; kids have been orphaned; homeowners are without shelter; Nigerians have been turned into refugees in their own homeland.feedback

Shinzo Abe

Needless to say, it's important to maintain peace through diplomatic efforts. At the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue would be meaningless. We need to put pressure on North Korea so that it will seriously respond to calls for dialogue. We assume we would take a series of actions, including processes to admit landing, set up and manage accommodations, and screen (refugees) to decide whether we should protect them or not. The government is responsible for protecting and rescuing Japanese citizens if they face crises overseas.feedback

Pope Francis

At this time support the efforts of those who are actively working to bring relief and comfort to civilians in Syria, the victim of a war that continues to sow horror and death. The latest despicable attack yesterday on fleeing refugees has resulted in numerous deaths and injuries. Bring peace to all the Middle East, from the Holy Land to Iraq and Yemen as well.feedback

Rod Drury - Xero

Gay marriage, cultural tolerance, refugees, active strategies to address diversity – more than ever our leadership here is important.feedback

Erik Wemple

Art Cullen, the 60-year-old editor of the Storm Lake Times, doesn’t bother with rinky-dink journalism contests. “I don’t need a wooden plaque or a piece of paper, ” Cullen told the Erik Wemple Blog on Monday. That’s when he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing at the twice-weekly Storm Lake Times in Iowa. “They give you 15 grand. That’s worth it, ” said Cullen.feedback

Heidi Hautala

Inflating aid figures with in-donor refugee costs does not help the least developed countries to tackle poverty and inequality. The EU and its member states must keep their promises to both tackle poverty and assist refugees, and should not be trading one off against the other.feedback

Heidi Hautala

The EU needs to find funds for both development and assisting refugees, and should not trade one against the other. Before we congratulate Germany on joining the club of those few EU member states who have reached their commitment of 0.7% of GNI to development cooperation, it is worth noticing that over 20% of its official development aid is spent on receiving refugees. At the same time, aid directed to the poorest countries is in decline.feedback

Adrian Edwards - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR reminds the international community that the Horn of Africa drought of 2011 cost more than 260,000 lives, more than half of these children aged below five. A repeat must be avoided at all costs. This really is an absolutely critical situation that is rapidly unfolding across a large swathe of Africa from west to east.feedback

Philipp Ruch

I would describe the climate in society as very fragile. The politicians say we've given enough refugees shelter; now it has to be stopped.feedback

Yael Ronen

We try to really keep it very personal, not to turn them into the representative, or mouth, speaking in the name of refugees coming to Germany.feedback

Ai Weiwei

Many Gulf states refuse refugees. I don't think that's an intelligent act because many refugees even have the same religious background to them and talk the same language. I think this only shows very short-sighted politics ... like you're refusing to help out your brothers or your relatives. (Signing the convention) is not just to help but to testify that a state can understand what humanity is about.feedback

Jasmine El-Gamal

The president was moved by “beautiful babies” killed in chemical attacks. But he's turning away children just like them.feedback

Mark Hetfield

The fact of the matter is that when there's military intervention, there has to be an accompanying humanitarian intervention, and that's where we're concerned. Refugees have been vilified by the current administration.feedback

Amy Dudd

Aid globally might be going up but that is obscuring something quite important – that the increase in aid is not reaching the poorest people. Rather, it is remaining in donor countries, meaning the impact on poverty and sustainability on a global level is not what it might appear from the figures. If we are spending aid in our own country, it is not 'genuine' aid in the sense of the developmental impact. Helping refugees is absolutely the right thing to do but the direct benefit to developing countries is less tangible.feedback

Adrian Lovett

International aid has never been higher, but the need for it has never been greater. With four devastating famines looming and 130 million girls denied an education, we need life-changing aid. But the refugee crisis means too much aid is being spent in Europe, and does little to help end extreme poverty. Now is the time for donor countries to focus on reaching the world's most vulnerable rather than inflating their aid figures.feedback

Aditya Chakrabortty

The politicians lining up to condemn the Croydon attack created the current climate of intolerance. Two weeks ago a teenager was almost killed for the apparent crime of seeking safety in this country. Reker Ahmed was waiting at a bus stop in south London, when passersby asked where he was from. “They established he was an asylum seeker,” say the police; the 17-year-old was then kicked and punched, his face was smashed in, an eye socket was cracked and his spine was fractured. The mob swelled to 20 or more. Some joined in, others watched.feedback

Rachel Aviv

The next day, a doctor inserted a feeding tube through Georgi's nostril. He showed no resistance,' Soslan said. Nothing.' Georgi was given a diagnosis of uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, an illness that is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees. The patients have no underlying physical or neurological disease, but they seem to have lost the will to live. The Swedish refer to them as de apatiska, the apathetic. I think it is a form of protection, this coma they are in,' Hultcrantz said. They are like Snow White. They just fall away from the world.feedback

Kamal Ismail

The strike is good but if he's serious about wanting to help the kids he should take them in. Otherwise that shows that he has another agenda.feedback

Diane Abbott

With right-wing politicians across the world scapegoating migrants, refugees and others for their economic problems, we are seeing a deeply worrying rise in the politics of hate. We must make clear that there is no place for anti-foreigner myths, racism and hate in our society.feedback

Kerem Kinik - Turkish Red Crescent

Those who wanted to leave their country have already done so, and others are trying to cling on to life inside. At this stage, we are not expecting a new migrant wave. That is not the atmosphere inside. We are providing regular humanitarian aid to 5 million people in addition to the 3 million in Turkey. This is mainly in Syria's northern frontier. Our teams are constantly providing help with border support, camps... food and shelter. There are one million people living in the Idlib countryside. We don't know where such an attack will take place or who will be affected.feedback

Mohamad Chaghlil

I don't have full idea why he did that now. We lose hundreds of Syrian people every day, we lost more than half a million people in Syria. So why chemical attack is worse? Dead is dead. I can't understand, and the Syrians can't understand. I talk with her every morning. She is old. She needs me, and I need her. I'm alone here and she is alone there. I think he doesn't care about who needs the support, and who is the murderer and who is the good person. Maybe he felt he has to do something for politics. He's a national hero now. 100 percent.feedback

Anwar Jebran

We want peace, we want safety. We don't want more military, more weapons, more rockets.feedback

Mohamad Haidar

If the U.S. wanted to interfere with military action it would be more beneficial to strike the presidential palace in Damascus. The United States is capable of stopping the conflict in one month if they are taking it seriously. I thought as the president, it is up to him to decide to decide what is beneficial to his own country. But I wish they took into consideration in the decision how many innocent people are suffering and hurting in Syria.feedback

Zelekha Mahmoud

I feel that maybe now they will get rid of Assad so that Syria will be secure again, so we can return.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump has taken calibrated but prompt action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, prompting the question as to why, when the situation on the ground was far less challenging, President Barack Obama could not have acted similarly and thereby forestalled much of the death and destruction that followed. We will never know whether swift military action early in the Syrian war (as many in Obama’s Cabinet, including Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta and Robert Gates advised) would have helped to dislodge Assad from power, prevented Russia from establishing a foothold in Syria, spared hundreds of thousands of lives and precluded the outpouring of millions of refugees that strained neighbors’ and European economic and political systems to the breaking point. What we do know is that Trump ironically has the opportunity to rebuff a policy of retrenchment, amorality and willful blindness (call it, say, “America First”) and reestablish U.S. leadership in the world.feedback

Ann Coulter

Those who wanted us meddling in the Middle East voted for other candidates… Trump campaigned on not getting involved in Mideast. Said it always helps our enemies & creates more refugees. Then he saw a picture on TV.feedback

Alison McGovern

The attempt by the Assad regime to bomb, starve and gas the people of Syria into submission must not succeed and those with the capacity to act to prevent atrocities must show the resolve to do so. Donald Trump has signalled a willingness to act, but what is needed is not just individual actions by one country but a comprehensive strategy to protect civilians, including securing access for aid and helping refugees fleeing the conflict.feedback

Sunjeev Bery - Amnesty International USA

If the refugee moratorium is lifted, and the original refugee acceptance numbers are re-established, then the most vulnerable Syrian refugees will have a home outside of Syria to come to and that includes many children who can often bear the brunt of the violence inside Syria.feedback

Amanda Catanzano - International Rescue Committee

Hopefully there's a recognition now of the real horrors in Syria and what's driven 5 million people outside the borders and into the frontline states around it and why they are refugees, why they are fleeing violence and suffering. A solid first step would be to both materially and rhetorically support that mechanism. Massive cuts in foreign assistance are inconsistent with trying to address this suffering. When taken together with a shutdown of the the resettlement program, it's a signal that refugees aren't welcome here and we won't help them where they are.feedback

Moustafa Bayoumi

The US bombing of a Syrian airfield is flip-floppery at its worst. And it signals to America’s foes that Trump can be easily dragged into military quagmires. Donald Trump, the man who just over a month ago wanted to bar entry of all Syrian refugees into the United States, now wants us to think that he cares deeply about Syrian children. I don’t believe it.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

We still have a long road to travel in expanding resettlement and the number and range of complementary pathways available for refugees, . To meet this challenge, we not only need additional places, but also need to accelerate the implementation of existing pledges.feedback

Maggie Forster Schmitz

Céline knows what it's like to be a refugee. She's genuine in her interest in helping refugees and marginalized communities in the Middle East.feedback

Niki Stergiou

The first few days, there was chaos in the classroom. They didn't listen, they didn't respect me. They could not understand that I am the teacher,and they had to follow certain rules. When they were angry or they had a fight, some used to take their bags and leave the school. Some climbed over the gates of the courtyard. They tried to escape.feedback

Apostolos Staikos - Euronews

For many refugee children, this is their first school. They are learning a language, which is completely new to them.They live in a country, which supposed to be just a stop off on their route to Northern Europe. But now, with the support of the local community, they can build a new life.feedback

Kati Piri

Europe should be the place to open up. We know who are coming, if they take them to legal pathways and not to smugglers. You can do all the identification before and we can still show our human our our human side as the European Union, by taking the most vulnerable refugees. It's not happening enough.feedback

Isabel Marques da Silva

Besides humanitarian aid, the international community wants to prepare Syria's reconstruction post-war, which will be discussed during a ministerial meeting on Wednesday.feedback

Mohammed Alhammadi

I just received the photos from my family inside Syria, in an area southern of Idlib, where chemical weapon attacks happened and many children were killed. I cannot understand how can we talk about the political situation and solution with someone who is using chemical weapons and attacking what is supposed to be his population.feedback

Stephen O'Brien

Is vital that we not only say that we are going to hold people to account, but that we actually say that we are gathering the evidence and that that evidence will be presented one day in order to make sure any perpetrators who violated those laws and principles and held to account.feedback

Isabel Marques da Silva

But diplomatic sources are clear: that strategy will only be presented once there is a clear political transition plan.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

I do not make these decisions as an individual. I am not entitled. Has the legal due process been completed or not? What has been our treaty? – because it's not subject of discussion, I don't have it on top of my fingers. Those people are making a judgment that the conditions are worth returning. Of course, there's a push factor from the host countries, but there's also a pull factor.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

This historic visit has ... underscored the growing partnership between our nations and has been a valuable opportunity to discuss our ongoing security and development cooperation.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The prime minister should put human rights and international law at the centre of her talks with Saudi Arabia's government this week. Numerous human rights organisations, including the UNHRC and Amnesty International, have documented the dictatorial Saudi monarchy's shocking human rights record. The Saudi-led coalition bombing in Yemen, backed by the British government, has left thousands dead, 21 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and 3 million refugees uprooted from their homes.feedback

Janet Darley

This is a sobering reminder of the importance of the need to create a welcoming society, where refugees feel welcomed and accepted.feedback

Diane Abbott

Sadly this is not an isolated incident but part of a sustained increase in hate crimes that this Tory Government is yet to offer any effective response to. With right-wing politicians across the world scapegoating migrants, refugees and others for their economic problems, we are seeing a deeply worrying rise in the politics of hate. We must make clear that there is no place for anti-foreigner myths, racism and hate in our society.feedback

Angela Merkel

Apart from all the criticism we currently have for Turkey, they did a lot for the 3 million refugees and it is right that Europe would assist Turkey on this matter.feedback

Ted Sargent

A lot of students are attracted by that ethos.feedback

Winnie Byanyima - Oxfam Intermón

The international community seems intent on watching on as millions of people are stuck between the rock that their country has become and the hard place that exile offers them. Oxfam calls on rich countries to show their support for Syria's neighbours that have welcomed these refugees and to resettle at least the most vulnerable 10 percent most of Syrian refugees by the end of 2017.feedback

Babar Baloch

This is not the time to shun Syrian refugees. Our hope is that humanity will not be put on a ballot. Europe went through this during the Second World War and there were many countries which supported Europe. Syria is currently going through this trauma and it now needs the world's support. We should not be turning our backs on people in need.feedback

Babar Baloch

The solution to the crisis in Syria is political but, in terms of support, it is humanity that is needed. We are asking other countries to come forward and help those countries neighbouring Syria that are hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees to share responsibility for resettlement and humanitarian admissions. Those desperate refugees are in need of resettlement. We haven't identified the five millionth refugee, it is more about getting the data from the registration authorities and incorporating that into the data.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

To meet this challenge, we not only need additional places but also need to accelerate the implementation of existing pledges. These generous pledges are a welcome and important symbol of solidarity and responsibility sharing by the international community. If we are to achieve our goal, we now need to accelerate these efforts in 2017 and beyond.feedback

Babar Baloch

We have been talking about close to five million for a while. Whilst significant increases of refugee numbers ... are not currently expected, much will depend on whether a political solution to the conflict can be delivered or found. Peace is essential, but for that we need global responsibility and solidarity shared.feedback