Clooney says refugee crisis is huge, U.S. Muslim ban won't happen

Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:18pm EST
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By Sarah Mills

BERLIN (Reuters) - George Clooney said on Friday the refugee crisis is bigger than the headline-grabbing exodus from Syria and Iraq, and he believes Americans "will do the right thing" by rejecting Donald Trump and calls to ban Muslims entering the United States.

Clooney spoke to Reuters on the same day he and his wife, the human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney, met German Chancellor Angela Merkel behind closed doors at the chancellery to discuss the refugee issue.

The Clooneys were in the German capital for the international premiere of "Hail, Caesar!", in which Clooney has a starring role and which opened the Berlin International Film Festival on Thursday.

"For me the refugee crisis is not just the Syrian refugees," Clooney told Reuters.

"You know there's still IDPs (internally displaced people) and refugees in South Sudan, in Darfur, that’s still millions of people and they are still dying.

"So it's really all over the world – 60 million displaced people right now in the world – it's just a terrible, terrible time for it," he added.

Clooney, who was challenged at a press conference on Thursday by questioners who urged him to use his public prominence to do more to help end the refugee crisis, said he is not afraid to speak out on controversial subjects.

"I can talk about Darfur or I can talk about other things without having to worry about the political implications," he said.   Continued...

Cast member George Clooney and his wife Amal arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the movie 'Hail, Caesar!', during the opening gala of the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival, in Berlin, Germany February 11, 2016.      REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch