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(Trinidad Guardian) As the global refugee crisis continues to worsen, the United Nations has warned that more and more displaced persons are seeking relief in the Caribbean, with T&T recording 400 new applications during the period January to now, which represents a 40 per cent increase from last year.

Set to observe World Refugee Day on June 20, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has started an online petition in a bid to send a message of action, solidarity, and responsibility on behalf of refugees to governments worldwide.

Seeking to make local media practitioners aware of just how dire the situation is, UNHCR protection officer, Ruben Barbado, yesterday urged people to join hands to work to end the refugee crisis and find homes for displaced persons worldwide.

He said citizens could no longer afford to sit back and ignore the plight of other nationalities, as we were all human beings entitled to certain rights and freedoms.

The previous administration adopted an official refugee policy in 2014.

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