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Refugee camp on Jordan-Syria border: there are more displaced people in the world today than at any time since WWII (Photo: EUobserver)

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UN calls for EU 'courage' on immigration

The UN special envoy on migration has urged EU leaders to show more “courage” in the face of growing “nationalism” in Europe.

Peter Sutherland, who was also Ireland’s EU commissioner in the 1980s, told EUobserver from New York on Wednesday (27 May) that European politics is stuck in a vicious circle.

“What doesn’t help is that arguments in favour of migration aren’t being articulated because politicians are fearful of being labelled ‘pro-immigrant’,” he said.

“It’s a circ...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Refugee camp on Jordan-Syria border: there are more displaced people in the world today than at any time since WWII (Photo: EUobserver)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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