President Barack Obama is telling world leaders they have to do more to open their hearts to refugees who are desperate for a home.

Obama says the world is more secure if leaders are prepared to help people in need, but they have to follow through even when the politics are hard.

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He says leaders must have the empathy to imagine what it would be like for their families if the unspeakable were to happen.

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Seemingly speaking of the U.S., Obama says there are a lot of nations doing the right thing, but many countries, particularly those blessed with wealth and the benefits of geography can do more to help.

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The UN estimates that there are about about 21.3 million refugees forced to flee due to armed conflict or persecution.

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