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Europe's asylum policy shameful, says UN

Europe’s failure to share the burden of hosting the huge refugee populations faced by developing countries is shameful and pound-foolish, the head of the UN’s refugee agency says today. Tony Blair last night failed to win agreement for EU funding for the UN’s plan to set up “zones of protection” in global trouble spots, but Britain is expected to go ahead with the scheme together with like-minded member states, officials said. Mr Blair, who with backing from Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands, wanted the first EU pilot scheme to be launched in east Africa, probably for refugees fleeing war and famine in Somalia, will also today tell fellow leaders at the EU summit in Greece that Valéry Giscard d’Estaing’s draft constitution for the union is a “good basis” for negotiations between governments. Full Story

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