PARIS: Movie star Angelina Jolie is speaking out against the “parody of strength involved in tough talk against refugees” on World Refugee Day.
Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, writes in The Economist on Wednesday that countries “adopting harsh unilateral measures that target refugees” will only inflame the crisis.
The U.N. refugee agency says nearly 69 million people fleeing war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, a record for the fifth straight year.
Jolie says less than 1 percent of all refugees are resettled and that some of the world’s poorest countries bear the burden of hosting the displaced people.
She writes that the world must find ways to prevent the conflicts in places like Syria, Myanmar and Somalia that drive millions from their homes. —AP