The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan has launches a second appeal in Geneva to get extra homes for refugees from Chile.
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AGA KHAN: "These people are human beings like you and I. They are people who have been forced to suddenly contemplate a new life. They are women, they are children, they are people who once they are resettled will live normal peaceful lives. They have their own ideas; we all have our own ideas. They have their own political ideals, but this does not mean that they are people who will become a problem in the countries to which we hope to send them. In fact I think the countries that have accepted them so far can vouch for this. These are people who will work hard, and will live a decent life and will not constitute a problem to the authorities of the countries that receive them. The German Democratic Republic has taken a substantial number, and other Eastern European countries have also. I think it's interesting to note that a large group have also gone to Cuba. But we need more places, and although the majority of those who have already been settled have gone to Western European countries -- some to North America, Canada -- we need many more places. Eighteen hundred people still have to be resettled, and more will be coming forward in the future. The pressure is building up -- these people have to be resettled, and we appeal to governments to accept these people in the near future."
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Background: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan has launches a second appeal in Geneva to get extra homes for refugees from Chile.
By mid-December, 1,000 people had been accepted and another 800 were being processed by twenty countries. Most are bound for Western European countries.
However, the total number of refugees has risen to 2,800 people. The number is growing daily, both inside Chile and in neighbouring countries, where groups of refugees sought temporary asylum, but cannot stay for economic reasons.
In his renewed appeal to more than 30 countries, the Prince Sadruddin said that he had received very encouraging information of efforts to integrate those refugees already resettled.