UNHCR urges more aid to developing nations hosting refugees

CAIRO (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency is urging wealthy countries to do more to help developing nations fund refugee management themselves, saying that he himself would do "anything" to escape if he was stuck in a squalid camp such as those in war-torn Libya.

Speaking to reporters Monday after meeting with the Egyptian president, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said that countries like Egypt do not receive enough recognition for hosting refugees, and that he would advocate for Cairo to receive more bilateral development aid to support its efforts.

He said some 85 percent of the world's displaced were living in the Global South, adding that he hoped that Egypt's 2019 presidency of the African Union could help draw more resources for refugees to Africa.