>> With immigration topping the headlines in the US, Europe, and Asia, the UN chose Tuesday to slam governments in rich countries for adopting a, quote, despicable rhetoric on migration.>> And we are waiting here for the safe place for you.>> It revealed new figures from 2017, showing a record jump in the number of refugees globally to 25.4 million.
That's just the number for what the UN defines as refugees, people specifically fleeing persecution or violence.>> First of all, the global figure gas gone up again by a couple of million.>> High Commissioner Filippo Grandi said last week that economic migrants have different rights and needs from people fleeing war, but that the two are often conflated in the eyes of the public.
>> That governments have projected an image of emergency, of invasion. And actually, unfortunately, many political leaders have capitalized on that to gain votes. They've built fear to build their electoral bases and I think that this is despicable and this is irresponsible.>> Grandi said some poorer countries have gone beyond their international obligations.
Bangladesh accepted a huge number of a Rohingya refugee migrants fleeing sectarian violence in neighboring Myanmar. Meanwhile, Grandi says rich countries in Europe and Australia are now turning their backs, as well as the U.S., for years the global leader in resettling refugees.