The UN has called on all EU countries to "take a firmer line" on racism and xenophobia in the wake of Katie Hopkins' comments about immigrants.

Releasing a statement on the UN Human Rights website, the organisation warned against "unrestrained anti-foreigner abuse, misinformation and distortion" and said that comments like Hopkins' have "skewed the response" to the crisis in the Mediterranean.

This is not only sapping compassion for the thousands of people fleeing conflict, human rights violations and economic deprivation who are drowning in the Mediterranean.

The nasty underbelly of racism that is characterizing the migration debate in an increasing number of EU countries, has skewed the EU response to the crisis, which... risks making the crisis even worse, and could sadly result in further massive loss of life.

  • Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN high commissioner for human rights
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