UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi on COVID-19's impact on refugees
With over 80 million people displaced worldwide, or one percent of the global population, refugee advocates were terrified that the coronavirus would tear through camps and communities. And while that largely did not come to pass, the pandemic has been devastating in other ways, as countries that were already limiting refugees closed their borders entirely.
On GZERO World, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi takes stock of how the pandemic has upended refugee communities worldwide. Shortly after Ian Bremmer spoke to Grandi, news broke that the High Commissioner, himself, had contracted COVID-19. The episode begins airing nationally in the US on public television Friday, October 9. Check local listings.
Watch the episode: UNHCR chief: How the pandemic has upended the lives of refugees