The United Nations hit back Monday at calls to turn back refugees from Syria to prevent extremists like those who carried out the Paris attacks from entering as purported asylum-seekers.

European countries, Canada and the United States are facing calls to deny entry to refugees after French investigators said one of the Paris attackers was a Syrian national who may have slipped into Europe as part of a wave of migrants.

“It is understandable that countries need to take whatever measures they need to take to protect their own citizens against any forms of terrorism,” said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

“But focusing that on refugees, vulnerable people who are themselves fleeing violence, would not be the right way to go,” he said.

“These are people who are fleeing the very destruction of Daesh that we have seen in Paris.”

Daesh, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, has claimed responsibility for the attacks on Friday that left 129 dead in shootings and suicide bombings carried out at a concert hall, a sports stadium, bars and restaurants.

France’s anti-immigration National Front leader Marine Le Pen called for an “immediate halt” to new arrivals, while Germany’s xenophobic PEGIDA movement slammed Europe’s immigration policy as a failure.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly said that closing borders is not the answer to Europe’s worst migrant crisis since World War II and encouraged governments to take in more refugees.

“The reaction to the wave of refugees we have seen should be one of compassion and empathy,” Dujarric said.

Source: AFP

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  1. mark hoy
    November 17, 2015 at 4:18 am

    The Americans already had the “BOSTON Marathon BOMBERS”. Ask yourself what sort God demands to BEHEAD LITTLE CHILDREN?

  2. Jessie Gibson
    November 17, 2015 at 4:20 am

    SCREW the U.N.

  3. stan Hudson
    November 17, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Open a refugee camp in Syria and put the U.N. in there to guard feed and take Care ofany refugees. Protect them but in there own country,

  4. Theodore Frimet
    November 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    It is a sign of weak leadership when your elected representatives in Congress, and at the State level, attempt to create knee-jerk policy decisions in response to the dictated actions of terrorists.

  5. Theodore Frimet
    November 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Continue the vetting process in receiving the politically fragile into this or any country – to meet the needs of the most unfortunate on this planet – with certainty.

  6. Daniel
    November 17, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Well, this only matters to people who care what the UN has to say about anything anymore…..”people” who are not me.

  7. Roger
    November 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    The US has 900 cases they are watching and now the president wants10,000 more so the FBI can’t follow them.

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