The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said in a statement issued on Wednesday that Britain must resettle more than a hundred Syrian asylum seekers who arrived at a British military base in Cyprus on boats after being abandoned by people smugglers.Isn't that interesting? The official UN agency for refugees says that if they arrive in a country, or even a military base of a country, that country is legally obligated to take care of and resettle them.
The 114 Syrian refugees, including 28 children, arrived on two boats at the British base of Akrotiri on the southern Cypriot coast on Wednesday, after people smugglers left them at sea. They were permitted a temporary stay at the base despite arriving there illegally, as they had no legal permission to be present at the base. However, UNHCR says that Britain now has a legal responsibility to settle them.
Yet there are millions of people classified as "refugees" who get no such protection from the UN. Because they are Palestinian, UNHCR doesn't have any say over them, and UNRWA hasn't made such a demand in over fifty years for the host countries to resettle them.
Why does the world accept that Western nations must accept refugees against their will, while Arab nations that host fellow Arabs have no such obligation and can push the responsibility to another UN agency that is more interested in perpetuating the "refugee" problem rather than solving it?
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