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Sheikh Hasina
Already America declared that they will not allow any refugees. What I can expect from them, and especially [the] president?feedback
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Oct 26 2017
“Really the first order of business, the first challenge, is to get people out of the mud and the despair in which they are finding themselves into a place where organized relief can be provided. The combination of limited health facilities, poor sanitary and hygiene conditions and overcrowded sites ... is a recipe for disaster in terms of possible epidemics.” said Filippo Grandi speaking about Refugees. It’s one of the 840 quotes about Refugees you can find on this page. 592 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Angela Merkel and Becca Stevens. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Ian Rintoul

It's completely unacceptable that after more than four years the Australian government still refuses to solve the problem by taking the refugees to a safe place and instead is trying to send them to another

Carol McCusker

We got a string of emails saying there should be more photographs from Israeli journalists. The stream of refugees coming out of those countries is where the appalling crisis of 'aftermath' resides. It also resides with many of our soldiers. This will impact us all for decades to

Aaron Burmeister

I just hope that people look at the big picture and realize that mushers out there are not doping their dogs. This is an isolated

Kate Ormsby

On 9 December we had 20 young people arrive into Manchester airport. We had no notice. The Home Office did nothing [to prepare social services] and social workers were taken by surprise. They had no idea what was going on, what their obligations

Shereen Benzvy Miller

The math is clear. Unless you put more resources to this problem, then it takes longer time to schedule, so there will be longer wait

Sami Alromi

Being here I can't do anything for my kids over there. If they are deported to Yemen, I don't know what I'm going to

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

We don't believe those operations did stop. The narrative pushed by the military and Aung San Suu Kyi on the clearance operations is patently

Andrej Mahecic

We are gravely concerned about humanitarian conditions in Bangladesh, where thousands of new arrivals are stranded near the border. The issue is to do with screening, any sovereign government needs to know who is coming into its

Andrej Mahecic

UNHCR is advocating with the Bangladesh authorities to urgently admit these refugees fleeing violence and increasingly-difficult conditions back home. Every minute counts, given the fragile conditions they're arriving

Elisabeth Köstinger

Since 2015, where we had to deal with the migration and refugee crisis, a lot of people lost their trust in the government and the existing

Christoph Flick

Sometimes it's hard to say, Yeah, you have to go. But we have just a place for [so many refugees]. I think it's a good way–in some ways it's a hard way, but it's a good

Josef Tscherwenka

The pictures of refugees coming in from 2015 are still frightening. It's frightening we don't know who is in the country. Austria just can't afford this

Abdul Khayer

This was a place where elephants usually roam around. Maybe it was unknown to

Sebastian Kurz

That is why I am proposing that refugees, who have never paid into the system, receive lower benefits. And further drawing on the system by more immigrants will be

Eric Schwartz

Eric P. Schwartz is president of Refugees International. He was on a fact-finding mission in Bangladesh from Sept. 15 to

Eleanor Acer

Attorney General [Sessions's] remarks today were a mere continuation of the administration's efforts to falsely paint asylum seekers and refugees as threats and frauds. These individuals are not criminals and frauds; they are mothers, teenagers, and children desperate to escape violence and

Nasir Bin Zakaria

The U.S. has peace, justice, and freedom of religion. If Burma had this, we wouldn't be

Luciano Calestini

He had a chance to walk around, talk to refugees and think what it would have been like to grow up there. He reflected on how easily that could have been him if his grandfather hadn't moved . . . with no job and destined for a life of just scraping

Fridtjof Nansen

I demolish the bridges behind me…Then there is no choice but to move

Amir Taghinia

We do not know what is our sentence. We do not know how many more years we will have to be kept hostage in

Angela Merkel

We reached a compromise that I consider to be a very good basis to begin discussions with the Free Democrats and the Greens. Germany needs a stable government and the prerequisite for this was a common negotiating

Günter Burkhardt

Human rights know no upper limit, no one should be sent back to a situation where they are threatened with torture or inhumane

Hao Lam

It would be a big loss to the country if President Trump were to stop the program. Immigrants and refugees here work hard, create jobs. We are so grateful to live in this wonderful country. If we were to deport 700,000 people, it will be very devastating for the economy and to a lot of wonderful families

Jonathan Bartley

Where we lead, others follow. Our London assembly members forced a living wage. Our MEPs stood up for refugees when others stood back. And in parliament, we have consistently kept climate change on the

George Agbey

There was some panic and we all just moved away from the scene. It was like refugees moving away from a war-torn

Klaus Riedelsdorf

Germany, has no special responsibility for Arab refugees just because 80 years ago we persecuted the

Philippe Leclerc - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR urges action on the islands to ease overcrowding, improve shelter, and stock and distribute appropriate and sufficient aid

Angelina Jolie - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

There is nothing more important in the life of any person than the chance to have an education, yet millions of children have their education disrupted by war. I have seen the impact this has on young refugees: denying them a safe place to study and play; taking their dreams away from them; limiting their possibilities to work and making them even more

Julie Bishop

Peter Dutton, I believe, is referring to those who have been found not to be owed protection. And there are a number, a significant number from Iran, in particular, who have been found by the UNHCR to be not owed protection. They should go

Julie Bishop

He indicated to me that part of his efforts to bring China into the collective strategy, to impose economic sanctions on North Korea, he was also back channelling ... North Korea to make it clear to them that the United States was prepared to talk. The messages so far have been through the media - you know, Pyongyang news puts out a statement and the (US) President responds. I believe that China's involvement is a positive. They are playing a pretty active role and I think it's just changed the calculation in the minds of the North Koreans as

Boris Johnson

The time has come for Ms Suu Kyi to use her moral authority to challenge the military ruthlessness and ethnic prejudice that lies behind this suffering. Over 500,000 Rohingya refugees have been driven from their homes in little more than a month, streaming over the border into Bangladesh, destitute and

Julie Bishop

I made it clear to the Myanmar national security adviser when I saw him at the United Nations that this security operation that is going on in Rakhine state between the Myanmar army and a Rohingya army must stop. Humanitarian support must be allowed in and that the Rohingya must be allowed to return to Rakhine

Julie Bishop

The US agreed to take a number of refugees and that means that they have been assessed by the UN high commissioner for refugees and found to be genuine refugees. That group is then assessed by the United States and they have very stringent vetting processes, as we

Manfred Guellner

They feel left behind and they're looking for a scapegoat and now they've found one in the refugees, who they think are getting all the money that they

Nur Jazlan Mohamed

We will try to find a diplomatic solution for them to stay in Bangladesh or go back to Myanmar

Chris Lom - International Organization for Migration

Nothing comparable, in terms of the number of people arriving in such a short space of time, has happened since 1994 in

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Really the first order of business, the first challenge, is to get people out of the mud and the despair in which they are finding themselves into a place where organized relief can be provided. The combination of limited health facilities, poor sanitary and hygiene conditions and overcrowded sites ... is a recipe for disaster in terms of possible

Mathias Eick

This project brings together the international humanitarian principles and the effectiveness of the existing state structures. So this has enabled us to develop a very effective project on such a large scale so quickly. This card can be a platform for different kinds of aid that we want to give to the beneficiaries. So that we can provide cash assistance to children who are going to school, or for special events. This really breaks the mould of traditional humanitarian

Simone Peter

Our political compass is refugee protection and human rights, so recognised refugees should be able to catch up with their

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

If development is not inclusive, it will not be addressing the root causes and solve the

Justin Trudeau

We welcome refugees in this country, but there is process to determine whether someone is a

Rex W. Tillerson

Each year, the president makes an annual determination, after appropriate consultation with Congress, regarding the refugee admissions ceiling for the following Fiscal Year. Secretary Tillerson and DHS Acting Secretary Duke will consult with Congress

Bill Frelick - Human Rights Watch

President Trump's decision to lower the U.S. refugee ceiling is an abdication of U.S. leadership at a time of greatest need for the world's

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

They have absolutely nothing. It is very clear the cause of this crisis is in Myanmar but that the solution is also in

Iverna McGowan - Amnesty International

The response by the EU member states has been woefully inadequate and it's also been very misguided. Migrant policy over the last number of years has done away with evidence-based policies that have worked and been very cruel in the way it's left people already fleeing persecution and war literally out in the cold. We're deeply critical of Europe's response to what is a global refugee crisis. The numbers rising in Europe compared to the capacity and population of Europe was not in itself a crisis. But the political response was left

Olivia Enos

It would mean you wouldn't see any dramatic swings in U.S. refugee resettlement like you did during [the Obama administration] when it increased to 110,000 [in fiscal year 2017 from 85,000 in fiscal 2016] and, of course, under the Trump administration. You wouldn't experience any of those swings because the president would be required to consult Congress before doing anything too low or too

Kay Bellor

It's kind of disgraceful. This is not U.S. leadership, and it does not comport with our history of providing refuge. It's not an adequate

Jen Smyers - Church World Service

If the number isn't set by Saturday, if the consultations do not happen by Saturday, then refugee admissions next week will not happen. It could be another way for the administration to continue to wreak havoc on the refugee admissions

Mark Hetfield

[W]e've dealt with numbers that have been this low before–in terms of the number of refugees coming in. The infrastructure to resettle refugees will survive with a number like 45,000, but that should hardly be what we're looking for. But with numbers lower than that, it would be

Kay Bellor

Usually, a ceiling is a number that speaks to our capacity and speaks to our commitment. It's not just a random number. Even if it's the unacceptably low number of 45,000, let's make sure that 45,000 are

Angela Merkel

It's simply fear of losing out, and concern that what they have today could be lost, be it through globalization, be it through sharing with

Alexandra Shapiro - USA Network

We were coming as refugees, looking for freedom. We were full of hope for starting something new, going after our dreams and going into a country of opportunity. You have to think carefully about your customers and put yourself in their shoes so you can proactively offer solutions for their needs. This philosophy of working hard is still very important to me; generations of immigrants tend to do that. Part of my philosophy is to rely on yourself and to live within your means. Find what is available to you and try to rely as much as you can on

Bohuslav Sobotka

Today they attack the refugees and the EU, tomorrow they will target the Czechs and

David McAllister

And we have to make sure. And we have to make clear that those people who are coming to Germany as asylum seekers and refugees who need our protection and shelter that they can stay in Germany. But those who are coming for economic reasons will have to go back to the countries they came from. We can't accept this mass migration over years and years, this is too much for

Angela Merkel

We've gone over and over what happened in the autumn of 2015 and I remain convinced that all the other options that were discussed at the time - perhaps deploying water cannons on the German border and such - were out of the question for me. I think this decision was

Angela Merkel

If I consider that decision again, and think of what the alternatives were, for example using water cannon [on the refugees], I come to the conclusion that it was the best

Nora Burke

Carrick-on-Shannon was not prepared. They just arrived and some in Carrick thought: 'God, who are these people? Where did they come from? What are they here for?feedback

Jabar Azizi

My age group, it was really, really difficult for us. Even though I was in Ireland, my mind was somewhere

Jabar Azizi

They respected us and our religion. They respected the way we wanted to

Conor McGregor

I am happy with this small business. I feel like home

Hendrik Traeger

East German voters are more extreme and less loyal to the traditional parties. This is how it has been ever since the Wall

Robert Vehrkamp

If we hadn't had this refugee crisis in Germany, then we wouldn't be talking at all in Germany about populism and the AfD at this

Jens Töpfer

Refugees have a different culture that doesn't fit in here. They should go back where they came from and fight for their freedom and

Alexander Gauland

The 'refugees welcome' policy of Angela Merkel alienated a lot of people, a lot of voters, as you can see in the demonstrations against Merkel. We call it 'Merkel muss weg' demonstrations, or 'Merkel must go'. We have nothing to do with the extremism. We have nothing to do with violence against

Onur Bayar

Over the last 12 years, the Chancellor has acted calmly and correctly in each crisis: like the euro crisis or the refugee crisis. And I think this feeling of stability and security is very important to a lot of young people. She looks to the future and acts with a political and sustainable goal in

Sergi Pardos-Prado

These coalitions we saw in Brexit and Trump is very difficult to maintain in

Frauke Petry

With his unauthorized solo actions and constant crossfire, Björn Höcke has become a burden for the

Björn Höcke

They wanted to cut off our roots and with the re-education that began in 1945, they nearly managed. Until now, our mental state continues to be that of a totally defeated people. We Germans are the only people in the world that have planted a monument of shame in the heart of their

Sergi Pardos-Prado

It's difficult to unite these two souls of the party. Unless you have a very clever, very charismatic leader, and a very clever

Angela Merkel

We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our

Johanna Schuster Craig

It's been almost impossible for a political party in Germany, since the end of the second world war, to occupy a position to the right of the Christian Democratic Union [Merkel's party].feedback

Arndt Winter

There are many people living on subsidies not finding jobs and now the refugees also want jobs. I am

Thomas Walde

People are generally quite happy. Then Germans look around the world and they see, Brexit, Donald Trump, the refugee crisis ... all these challenges and Merkel is seen as a steady

Harald Sauer

People have commented that they've seen refugees carrying crates of beer. They complain that those who paid into their pension pot for 40 years don't get as much as

Ute Eisel

I have a lot of respect for Mrs. Merkel. I think she handled the refugee crisis really

Abdullah Al Shehri

All the pictures were very sad, you know, refugees and war. This is what the archive needs. Something fun, something that makes it less

Tirana Hassan

The evidence is irrefutable – the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine state ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar. Make no mistake: this is ethnic

Guy-Rufin Guernas

Angola has had its own war, it understands the suffering these people are going

Andrew Stroehlein - Human Rights Watch

It's revolting to see Theo Francken work with the Sudanese government to send refugees back to that oppressive country. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been a fugitive from the International Criminal Court since 2009, wanted on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. This is Belgium's new partner?feedback

Laurel Brannick

We're very stressed. My husband said we're all going to need counseling when this is over. We're at the Sheraton [hotel] in San Juan. We're just like refugees or vagabonds. The hotel is boarded up. They boarded up the windows. So, we can't see

Sheikh Hasina

We have never criticized the military itself, but only their actions. We may disagree on these types of

Ryan Crocker

The United States sadly has not in recent years led on the issue of refugees, and we have seen the impact it's hard on European solidarity and unity. This is a defining moment in many respects for the United States ... and the world. If we don't make that gesture, we're much more broadly moving away from American leadership on this

Nipin Gangadharan - Action Against Hunger

I have served in crisis spots in South Sudan and other places, but the Rohingya situation is

Muhammad Lutfor Rahman - Cox

Medical teams are working to help the sick and exhausted Rohingya and we are distributing food

Sebastian Zunhammer

There is no fear that these refugees will take jobs, simply because everyone already has

Ian Rintol - Refugee Action

Iranians are about a third of the refugees on Manus but are only about 10 percent of the ones interviewed so far. It seems there had been some discriminatory

Malcolm Turnbull

It's all subject to the United States' very, very thorough vetting, their extreme vetting. But we look forward to more refugees, people who have been judged to be refugees on Nauru and Manus, to be taken to the United States. There will be about 25 from both Manus and Nauru going to the United States. I just want to thank again President Trump for continuing with that

Hajer Naili

We've listened to fear mongers for so long, but not the refugees themselves. We should stop and listen to what they have to

Malcolm Turnbull

Around 50 refugees from P.N.G. and Nauru will be accepted in this first group, and they'll be notified in coming days. Vetting and processing by the United States will continue, and further decisions by U.S. authorities in respect of others are expected in due

Elaine Pearson - Human Rights Watch

The reality is, the Australian government has used this as a diversionary tactic for the past year to sit on its hands. These people did not have to sit on Manus and await resettlement. They could have been brought to Australia. It's absolutely

Malcolm Turnbull

They will not be settled in Australia, and they will not be resettled in the United States. Those in P.N.G. and Nauru who've been found not to be refugees should return to their country of

Malcolm Turnbull

Let me be very clear, this arrangement is a one-off. And it's available only to those found to be refugees who are currently in P.N.G. and Nauru and is of course subject to the United States' own extreme vetting, mandated by the

Donald J. Trump

For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region. Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it–believe

Emmanuel Macron

The protection of refugees is a moral and political duty in which France has decided to play its role: In following the high commissioner [on refugees] wherever it is necessary. By opening legal resettlement channels for those closest to conflict zones, to Libya, Jordan, Turkey, and also to Niger and Chad. By defending the right the right to asylum and the absolute respect for the Geneva

Dimitrios Papadimoulis - European Parliament

We have to invest more in our European common answers, facing the refugee crisis and relocating the refugees in a proportional way that means confronting members states like Hungary and Poland who are not implementing their

Sheikh Hasina

Already America declared that they will not allow any refugees. What I can expect from them, and especially [the] president. He already declared his mind ... so why I should ask?feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We will abide by the criteria that were agreed on at that time. Those who have been verified as refugees from this country will be accepted without any problems and with full assurance of their security and access to humanitarian aid. Burma is a complex nation as you all know. And its complexities are compounded by the fact that people expect us to overcome all these challenges in as short a time as possible. We are a young and fragile democracy facing many problems. But we have to cope with them all at the same time... we cannot just concentrate on a

Sheikh Hasina

[Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi] should agree that these people belong to her country and that Myanmar is their country. They should take them back. These people are

Donald J. Trump

Refugees from Syria are now pouring into our great country. Who knows who they are – some could be ISIS. Is our president insane?feedback

Sheikh Hasina

He just asked how is Bangladesh? I said 'it's doing very well, but the only problem that we have is the refugees from Myanmar', . But he didn't make any comment about

Nikki Haley

We continue to hear reports of violence and suffering. People are still at risk of being attacked or killed, humanitarian aid is not reaching the people who need it, and innocent civilians are still fleeing across the border to

Eric Schwartz

The stories that we are hearing. I visited a hospital yesterday, children ages 1, 5, 10 suffered burn wounds, gunshot wounds and with human beings essentially treated like

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

I would say no. US aid is vital to what we do to support refugees around the world and to find solutions to their

Abdus Salam - Cox

Many of them are suffering from diarrhea, dehydration and skin diseases. They are coming to hospitals with such

Mohammed Showife

They said, You Bengalis come out from the house. You can go anywhere you want, but you can't live

M. Iqbal Hossain

There is an instruction from the prime minister that we must treat Rohingya Muslims maintaining human rights. As many private and social organizations are coming and distributing relief, sometimes chaos breaks out ... You understand the scale of a humanitarian crisis here, it's very difficult to keep order, but we are doing

Edouard Beigbeder - UNICEF

There are a lot of weak and malnourished children among the new arrivals. If proper preventive measures are not taken, highly infectious diseases, especially measles, could even cause an

Asaduzzaman Khan

The Rohingya refugees won't be allowed to go outside the

Jean-Chrysostome Kijana

The incident provoked a reaction from the soldiers, who started shooting

Sean Spicer

It's my job to speak on his behalf. So if you're not speaking in the way that he wants, obviously he wanted to make sure he corrected

Jessica Vaughan

There are security concerns for refugees from some places and we also need to consider the cost of resettlement to communities where refugees are being

Zaw Htay

With Bangladesh government's cooperation, both sides can verify whose mines by using expert

Alexander Gauland

We can only block the way for refugees from Asia and Afghanistan trying to get here by working with Russia. We need Russia as a Christian bulwark against an Islamic

Joseph Tripura - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Most of them are living in basic structures, with a roof made of tarpaulin and bamboo frames. Some of them are still stranded in open

Joseph Tripura - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Some of them… described their houses being burnt, their relatives being shot. Many fled into jungles and mountains and were hiding for

Laci Rivers

Everyone is stressed and hungry and confused. We've already realized it's going to be looted while we're

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

The wind is back in Europe's sails. Now we have a window of opportunity, but it will not stay open for ever. Let us make the most of the moment: catch the wind in our sails. This is the only way Europe will be able to show solidarity with refugees in real need of protection. More democracy means more efficiency. Europe would be easier to understand if one captain was steering the

Sheikh Hasina

Myanmar will have to take back all Rohingya refugees who entered Bangladesh. Myanmar has created the problem and they will have to solve it. We want peaceful relations with our neighbours, but we can't accept any injustice. Stop this violence against innocent

Sheikh Hasina

They should stop [the violence]. The Myanmar government should have handled this situation patiently and [not] allowed the army of the law enforcement agencies to attack the common people. What are the crimes of the women, children, the innocent people? They are not

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The massive displacement and victimisation of people, including large numbers of the ethnic Rohingya community and other minorities, shows that Burmese security forces are not protecting

Douglas Chin

The Trump administration has ended its odd and ill-advised quest to ban grandmas from the country. With respect to the admission to the United States of refugees with formal assurances and the Supreme Court's temporary stay order, each day matters. We will respond very soon to DOJ's

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

They are starving and dehydrated, there is very little shelter at the airport so they are

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

She is frightened, they are getting very little water and only one protein bar a day as

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

The BVI is only an hours flight away, if the problem is so big how come other countries are managing

Kirsty Shephard

It just seems to be simple - the Foreign Office just need to speak to someone and tell them we need to get them off the island. They have been abandoned on the island. The main response seems to be to the British overseas territory but they have got no information and no plan for what to do for British citizens on other

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

Their health is deteriorating and there is shooting and looting going on. If any of them have health problems then the likelihood is they will be going home in a

Kirsty Shephard

They keep being told that the UK Foreign Office has not made contact with anyone on the island and so there is no plan to evacuate British people. The French plane said that they did not have permission to take British

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

We are looking after the grandchildren and they are saying 'when is mummy coming home?' What am I supposed to tell them?feedback

Kirsty Shephard

There is no electricity, no running water, no toilets and very limited food and water. They were told initially there was enough for three days and now we are on day five. They are just trying to get off the island and queue at the airport, where there is very little shelter, from 5.30am till 8pm. French flew with three quarter empty plane because they couldn't get permission for 'refugees'. Back to

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

They are just trying to survive. They are being told to go to the airport each day but the Dutch and the French are just looking after their own, if you have got the wrong passport then you don't fly. The scale of this is that it would take just one passenger jet, just a plane that could carry up to 150 people, to get them all out. They just need to get to Antigua which is a 30 minute flight, we are not asking big favours like getting them back to

Kirsty Shephard

There is nothing that they can do, some of them are almost in tears because they can't do

Priyanka Chopra

I think the world needs to understand that this is not just a Syrian refugee crisis, it's a humanitarian

Tirana Hassan

All indications point to the Myanmar security forces deliberately targeting locations that Rohingya refugees use as crossing points. This a cruel and callous way of adding to the misery of people fleeing a systematic campaign of persecution. Instead of denying responsibility, Myanmar should put the safety of people in the border area at the forefront. There is a reason why the use of antipersonnel landmines is illegal: they kill and maim indiscriminately and can't distinguish between fighters and ordinary

Duniya Aslam Khan - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The limited shelter capacity is already exhausted. Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters that have mushroomed along the road and on available land in the Ukhiya and Teknaf

Leonard Doyle

What we know is what people are saying as they come across, and what they're saying now, given this been going on since Aug. 25, is they are in an absolutely desperate state. They say (they are) living out in (the) open, without protection from the tropical sun with their children, without enough food to

David Robinson

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