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U.K.’s May Will Urge UN Action to Control Mass Migration Flows

  • Prime minister to address UN General Assembly on Tuesday
  • Says refugees should seek asylum in first safe country
The dilemma is compounded because many travel in unsafe boats, and some drowning or needing to be rescued. May will say the migrants should be encouraged to claim asylum in the first safe country they reach.
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Theresa May will use her first appearance as British prime minister at a United Nations General Assembly meeting starting Monday to urge fellow leaders to do more to control mass migration, which she’ll argue hurts both refugees and the countries they enter.

Civil wars in Syria and Libya led to a surge in the number of people fleeing the Middle East and North Africa in search of safety in Europe. That’s led to arguments within the European Union about whether to welcome them or turn them back. The dilemma is compounded because many travel in unsafe boats, and some drowning or needing to be rescued. May will say the migrants should be encouraged to claim asylum in the first safe country they reach.