Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, told African leaders the West has much to learn from them about the treatment of refugees.
Speaking on Sunday during the opening day of the African Union summit in Ethiopia, he said the continent had kept borders open to millions of displaced people despite its limited resources.
Africa hosts more than a quarter of the world’s refugees and internally displaced – a total of more than 20 million people.
Their plight is high on the summit’s agenda, along with the AU’s attempts to build a continent-wide free trade zone.
A deal was signed last year but it’s yet to come into effect as only 19 countries have ratified the agreement.
Correspondents say the AU’s new chairman, Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi of Egypt is likely to be less effective at pushing that agreement through than his predecessor, Paul Kagame of Rwanda.