UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres on Monday called on states not to succumb to rising xenophobic pressure and turn refugees away, saying that multiculturalism is not only good, but inevitable.
"In my view, multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious societies are not only a good thing, they are inevitable," said Guterres.
"Building tolerant and open communities is a slow and delicate process. But non-discrimination is a core human rights principle, and it is the duty of all states to acknowledge and give effect to it.
"Refugees cannot become collateral damage of anti-immigrant attitudes and policies," stressed the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.