"Every bed they [refugees from Mideast, Africa] occupy is a bed where no real refugee from Ukraine can sleep," Ruben Brekelmans says, adding to ongoing racism and selective empathy for refugees in Europe.
UN's refugee chief said violence, ill-treatment and pushbacks continued to be regularly reported at multiple entry points at land and sea borders, within and beyond the European Union.
Pope Francis said, "The future of us all is at stake, and that future will be peaceful only if it is integrated. Only if it is reconciled with the most vulnerable".
"This systematic practice endangers the life of people, including young children, that often end up abandoned in the middle of the sea," refugee rights groups say in a letter to Pope Francis ahead of his visit to Greece.
Stephan Ernst has been sentenced to life in prison for killing politician Walter Luebcke from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party after he talked in favour of refugees in an event in 2019.
Possibility of giving the increasing number of refugees crossing Mediterranean access to the Schengen region is turning the pressure on Italy's neighbours, who have avoided a similar influx of people seeking safe shores.
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