It is International Migrants Day. Migrants and refugees cross borders in search of better economic and social conditions. Many others are forced to flee conflict or persecution. The current record level of mass movement of displaced people has given rise to xenophobia and calls for tighter border controls.

Ban Ki-moon, the outgoing UN secretary-general, is calling for compassion for migrants and refugees. But is anybody listening?

Presenter: Jane Dutton

Guests:

Florian Hartleb, specialist in populist European Politics and a lecturer at Eichstatt University.

Paal Nesse, senior adviser with the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Leonard Doyle, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration.

Source: Al Jazeera