UN chief urges nations to let in more Syrian refugee
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments around the world yesterday to let in more people from Syria, as the global body tries find new homes for almost half a million people who have fled the war-torn country.
Ban's appeal came as Europe is striving to halt the unchecked flow of migrants across the Mediterranean and through the continent's porous borders.
Police evacuated nearly 1,000 migrants from a makeshift camp near a Paris subway station yesterday, and hundreds of people sought to cross the seas from Turkey to Greece despite European efforts to slow down the arrivals.
The Paris operation was peaceful, and authorities offered the migrants temporary lodging and help applying for asylum, France's Interior Ministry said. They reportedly included people from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and Afghanistan who had been living beneath elevated train tracks for several weeks.
The Paris transit authority closed the Stalingrad metro station during the operation. The area has seen multiple migrant camps in recent years.
"The street should not be a refuge" for people fleeing persecution, the ministry said.