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UNHCR is “concerned” about the risk of refugees being traded by the pandemic

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed its “concern” on Thursday that refugees, internally displaced persons and stateless persons could become victims of human trafficking and exploitation as the “needs and vulnerabilities” of the pandemic increased by COVID-19 manipulated.

“Measures to combat the pandemic and the deterioration in socio-economic conditions are having a serious impact on displaced people,” said Gillian Triggs, UNHCR’s deputy high commissioner for protection.

“Those facing the loss of livelihoods and extreme poverty could be targets for traffickers who ruthlessly exploit and exploit their vulnerability,” he added, noting that these people outside of their homes can use The “variable” access to Important services and security networks are among the “most vulnerable”.

UNHCR is “concerned” about the risk of refugees being traded by the pandemic
UNHCR is “concerned” about the risk of refugees being traded by the pandemic

In this regard, restrictive measures to curb the expansion of COVID-19, ranging from restrictions on movement to the closure or reduced availability of essential help, may also limit the ability of refugees and displaced persons to “flee” or “flee” “seek help”, he assured.

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