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A senior United Nations official warned that Europe's hardening attitude toward refugees and migrants is threatening the unity of the European alliance.

Peter Sutherland, the U.N. secretary-general's special representative for international migration, said he is alarmed at the growing hostility and xenophobic sentiments European politicians have expressed about people fleeing war and persecution.

The nationalistic and racist slogans heard since refugees began sweeping across Europe are deplorable, he said.

After the collapse of the Iron Curtain a quarter-century ago, seen at the time as the end of a Europe divided by borders, the U.N. official said it is particularly sad to see razor-wire fences reappearing at some border areas to bar immigrants.

"The recreation of borders challenges the whole integration of the European Union,? Sutherland said. ?More particularly, it challenges the moral responsibility of states to help refugees to provide asylum."



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