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Monday, 8 December, 1997, 19:10 GMT
UN refugee agency criticises West

The United Nations refugee agency has strongly criticised the developed world, particularly Europe, for making it more difficult for refugees to gain asylum.

A new report says that those requesting asylum in Western Europe, North America and Australasia now face an array of measures intended to prevent them getting in.

It says if rich countries set a bad example, it's hardly surprising if poorer countries follow suit.

The UNHCR says that although there are now fewer wars between countries, increasing numbers of people face displacement due to communal conflicts, notably the thousands of Rwandans who fled eastern Zaire earlier this year.

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