European Union (EU) should reaffirm its values and reject “blanket” return policies without stipulating safeguard clauses, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, has said.
Addressing an extraordinary session of the European Parliament on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Mr Grandi said 20% of all families fleeing war in Syria are headed by women.
He added that women travelling alone, pregnant or with children have outnumbered men since the start of 2016. “Girls and Women are disproportionally exposed to violence and sexual abuse by criminal networks and smugglers”, Mr Grandi said.
He called for safe asylum paths to avoid human trafficking.