Al-Jaafari: Terrorism and Israeli occupation among main causes for immigration in Middle East

from SANA News Agency

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said that the main causes for immigration are terrorism, the Israeli occupation of Arab territories, the military invasion of Iraq, and aggression against the region’s countries like what happened in Libya, foreign interference in states’ internal affairs, and unilateral economic “sanctions,” and depriving people of their countries’ resources.

In a speech at a session held on Friday at the United Nations to discuss the issue of illegal immigrants in the Mediterranean area, particularly Syrian immigrants, al-Jaafari said that immigration needs to be addressed as the global phenomenon it is, and that limiting the discussion to a single geographic areas, or focusing on Syrian refugees alone, implies that there are political motivations behind proposing the issue rather than humanitarian motives.

He said that this phenomenon requires a comprehensive and objective approach, not slandering one state or another, and that the suffering of all refugees from Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Turkey, and other areas in Asia and Africa must be discussed.

Al-Jaafari noted that Syrians constitute only 20% of the wave of refugees currently moving to Europe via Turkey, as the rest come from African and Asian countries and some acquired fake Syrian passports in Turkey, something proved by Dutch journalist Harald Doornbos who managed to buy such a passport featuring a photo of Dutch President Mark Rutte in Turkey

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