Q&A with UN High Commissioner for Refugees: ‘Very irresponsible’ to blame migrants in Europe for terror attacks

‘The world is moving in Canada’s direction,’ says Filippo Grandi. He calls for an end to detaining asylum-seekers at the Canadian border, a return to funding the Junior Professional Officer program and, at the international level, a possible redesign of the UN Security Council.

Embassy photo: Marie-Danielle Smith
Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said he came to Ottawa to honour Canada’s generosity and encourage reforms of some restrictive measures for asylum-seekers that were put in place in 2012.
Marie-Danielle Smith
Published: Wednesday, 03/23/2016 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 03/29/2016 9:20 pm EDT

Embassy sat down with Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, March 22 on Parliament Hill. Mr. Grandi took the helm of the UNHCR in January. He was in Ottawa on an official visit and met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion and Immigration Minister John McCallum, among other members of the Canadian government.

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