UNHCR: Multiculturalism inevitable

2011-10-03 19:04

Geneva - 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.

The UNHCR says it is harder to find solutions for some 43 million refugees, internally displaced and stateless people around the world amid rising xenophobia.

Crises are also multiplying and conflicts becoming more complex, noted Guterres.

The uprisings in the Arab world and the political unrest in Ivory Coast have sparked thousands of displacements this year. The famine in Somalia has forced hundreds of thousands more to flee.

The UNHCR will seek $3.5bn from donors for 2012, and $3.4bn for 2013.

With advanced economies suffering from a public deficit crisis, the UNHCR said it would be "intensifying its efforts to broaden its income base, including by reaching out even more to the private sector for support."

In August, the charitable arm of furniture giant Ikea made a record $62m pledge to help thousands of people at Dadaab, the world's biggest refugee camp in Kenya.

  • crackerr - 2011-10-03 19:47

    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees would do much better by raising his voice in UN itself against the tyrannical leaders who are responsible for the refugee problems. The UN should deal with the tyrants. People by nature try to protect what they regard as their own and more so if resources are scarce. It is hypocritical and cowardly to blame the average citizen of the world and to expect the average citizen to take the blame and make the sacrifices for the sake and comfort of the tyrants who have hijacked countries and nations. Countries with refugees should in terms of international law be entitled to bill the countries/rulers whose citizens they are forced to maintain. The UN must seriously question its own efficiency in all this. Don't palm the blame and burden onto the average earthling.

      Badballie - 2011-10-04 09:28

      third world immigrants represent cheap labour for the elite of the host country. Immigration policies are only meant to increase profits realized by the upper classes.

  • letsee - 2011-10-03 20:19

    xenophobia is not a spontaneous attitude from people in general. It usually is a reaction to something leaders neglect.

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-04 08:55

      And also something leaders exploit. Look at Hitler... Germany doing bad, Jews not doing so bad, people were already anti-Semitic in those days and Hitler used all of that to gain support. The rest is history...

  • DoublySalmon - 2011-10-03 20:41

    Mixing people with different cultures - where has this worked before? People who have different values do not cooperate, therefore do not form a society. How is living side by side with another race in which one in four men admit to raping a woman in the past year a good thing? What about living amongst another race which after adjusting for demographics are still 6 times more likely to commit crime? What about having to care and provide for a race in which many are illiterate despite having a lifetime to learn how to read? What about having to care and provide for a race in which 15 million rely on handouts to survive but continue breeding more? How is this a good thing to live among a group of people like this?

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-04 08:59

      One of my teachers at Uni was French. She explained to us that until the 60s/70s, people of all backgrounds were getting along just fine - but since the drive for multiculturalism, the French stick to the French, the Muslims stick to the Muslims, etc - the more they try to push multiculturalism, the more people form cliques and stick to their own kind!

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 09:42

      I think the whole point is that circumstances in the world as it is today (We DO tout the notion of "global village" pretty loudly, after all) have made the sort of mindset in which different cultures are intolerant of one another obsolete, if not downright counterproductive. I don't think anyone disputes the fact that humans are basically intolerant of anyone other than their own lilttle group, but the issue here is whether that sort of thinking is actually useful. I would contend that it is NOT.

      AEI - 2011-10-05 01:45

      Not only that, but multiculturalism is against the interests of those promoting it. Multicultural societies do not vote along class lines, as the monocultural people often do: they tend to vote along tribal lines. Look at South Africa, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Bosnia, Belgium and Lebanon and ask yourself – where are their multicultural centre-Left socialist parties? Everybody is voting for ethnic parties.

  • Doublepost - 2011-10-03 20:42

    What this UN poeph@l has just said is that Genocide is inevitable. That you don't have the right to protect your country, religion or heritage from those who have destroyed their countries. Why should any thinking person give up everything their ancestors built up and worked and bled for, to refugees who don't assimilate, don't work, live off welfare and breed the host population into extinction? The UN condones genocide! Multicultural societies are BAD, they don't work! Time and time again this is seen. South Africa is a case in point! F@ck the UN and f@ck Guterres. Maybe he can tell China, Japan and India to accept the worlds poor, instead of only Western White nations, who have the burden of trying to tolerate the intolerable!

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 09:49

      Like you actually give a damn about the world's poor, judging from the attitude you display. Sure it hasn't worked before. That's the point. World economies are collapsing like flies and a totally new way of looking at the world (and our neighbours) is required. Can't you understand that? It is so obvious.

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-04 16:04

      @daaivark F@ck the poor. I only care about people that make a positive contribution to society. No hard working ambitious person is poor.

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-10-04 16:35

      oh that chip on your shoulder is really weighing you down isnt it mr DoublePost? Something you must bear in mind- our ancestors werent without fault- actually they messed up future generations with their rash actions, and we cant remedy the situation by trying to defend their bad choices. I am proud of my heritage, but I am also willing to acknowledge that my ancestors made many mistakes and I will not continue to live by their errors just for the sake of tradition. in the same logic, we must defend bullfighters rights to taunt and abuse and kill a bull just because their grandfathers did... there will be no progress until we learn from the mistakes of our ancestors. I despise Juju as much as the next guy, you cant group together all the Africans in SA- just like I am nothing like you, even though we share the same skin pigmentation. I think you need to step into the real world and realise that nothing is ONE RACE's fault- just as there are many whites in the UK wanting hand outs for breeding like rabbits and refusing to work, there are just as many hard working great UK citizens who work for their living. Same can be said for most countries, including SA. If you are not willing to live alongside other groups and races- i suggest you find yourself an uninhabited island and go and rant there- you are nothing but a hateful racist. Your children will be outcasts and you will probably die a bitter nasty old man... good luck with that

  • Badballie - 2011-10-04 09:22

    multiculturalism is not only bad it almost guarantees the lowering of all living standards in the host country, has brought the western world to the brink of financial disaster and is a tool used by the upper-class to increase profits at the expense of the indigenous people. Immigrants do not immerse themselves in the local culture they simply introduce and demand rights for their own cultures to be recognized. multiculturalism will in the next 12 months bring about the end of our financial system and will herald the rebirth of the barter system, which will on its own spell the end of the technology age as employees will return to the land to produce food for survival and as a means of barter.

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 09:49

      You puzzle me. Your earlier comment re the manner in which migrants are exploited by elites showed what I thought was empathy for these displaced people, and yet this completely overthrows that view.

  • AEI - 2011-10-05 01:16

    First of all if multiculturalism is inevitable, then it is antidemocratic. While non-discrimination is a "core human rights principle", the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states that: 1 Indigenous peoples have the collective right to live as distinct peoples and shall not be subjected to any act of genocide. 2 Indigenous peoples have the? right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned. 3 Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories? and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or use. Multiculturalism or not, trying to replace native peoples and cultures, and to dispossess them of their lands, is a criminal act. So no, there is no legal mandate for implementing multiculturalism anywhere native peoples live. Also i wonder when i will hear from mr Guterres comments claiming that there are too many black people in Africa, emphasizing the need to import europeans and asians, and that black people should become minorities in their own countries for the sake of diversity?

  • Vivian - 2011-10-06 18:13

    The elite is telling us, we are helping the third World's poor by letting them flood and usurp our countries, untill they become like the places they came from.

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