Hillary Clinton says 'global effort' needed to help refugees in Europe

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Cedar Rapids, Sep 8: Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for a "concerted global effort" to assist the hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia seeking refuge in Europe.

The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination said Monday that "everyone should be asked to do more" to help the migrants, many of whom are fleeing the civil war in Syria, including from areas in that country and in Iraq under the control of Islamic State militants.

Hillary Clinton

"I think we need to have a broad-based global response," Clinton said before spending the Labor Day holiday campaigning in eastern Iowa and parts of Illinois. [European migrant crisis: All you need to know]

"The United States certainly should be at the table, but so should everybody else."

"And if countries are not able to do more physically in taking in these refugees, they should do more financially," she said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Clinton, the former secretary of state, said she was speaking most particularly about the oil-rich states of the Persian Gulf.

"They should be funding a lot of the resettlement work and supporting those countries that are bearing the burden of the refugees," Clinton said.

Clinton spoke as European countries are debating how best to share responsibility for the more than 340,000 people already seeking refuge on the continent.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday the United Kingdom would resettle up to 20,000 Syrians from camps in Turkey, Jordan and Syria over the next five years, while French President Francois Hollande said his country would take in 24,000 refugees over the next two years.

In Germany, the government has approved USD 6.6 billion to increase aid for asylum-seekers and hire more federal police as it also crafted plans to make it easier to build refugee housing and for non-German speakers to hold jobs.

Clinton said an international effort to assist the migrants should be coordinated by the United Nations. She praised Pope Francis, who has called on all Catholic parishes and religious communities to welcome in the migrants.

"The whole world has to take some responsibility," Clinton said. In her interview with AP, Clinton said as she has often in recent weeks that it would have been a "better choice" for her to use separate email accounts for her personal and public business during her tenure as President Barack Obama's first secretary of state.

"I've also tried to not only take responsibility, because it was my decision, but to be as transparent as possible," Clinton said.


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