‘Countries are determined to keep their borders open’

Recent weeks have seen escalating violence in countries in the Middle East and Africa, forcing residents to flee their homelands. U.N High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres says that while taking in refugees places a huge economic and security burden on them, host nations have pledged to keep their borders open.

What can the international community do to assist refugee host countries? Guterres speaks on the issue with Devex on day three of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.

Lars Schwetje contributed reporting from New York.

Check out the rest of our interview with Antonio Guterres, as well as our conversations with other global development luminaries who attended this year’s Clinton Global Initiative.

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  • Rolf Rosenkranz

    Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.

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