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The Latest: In Davos, refugees make case for global mobility

  • Participants are silhouetted against a picture of the planet Earth on a giant screen during a panel session on the closing day of the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/dpa via AP)

    Participants are silhouetted against a picture of the planet Earth on a giant screen during a panel session on the closing day of the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks about the flow of refugees which is marked red on the screen behind him on the fourth day of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks about the flow of refugees which is marked red on the screen behind him on the fourth day of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, left, talks to Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, as they attend a session "Syria and Iraq: Ending the Conflict" on the fourth day of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, left, talks to Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, as they attend a session "Syria and Iraq: Ending the Conflict" on the fourth day of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):

11.50 a.m.

A Syrian teen refugee and Olympic swimmer, a Malian studying at Stanford, a French coding student — they're all arguing that their generation needs global mobility to thrive instead of walls and isolationism.

They've got a high-profile audience this week, as they meet global executives and top officials at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos.

Yusra Mardini fled Syria's war on a sinking boat and struggled across multiple borders to a new life in Germany. Last year she competed at the Rio Olympics, and now she's using her experience to urge more openness to refugees.

The 18-year-old told The Associated Press in Davos: "You can't push anyone to love the refugees." She acknowledged concerns that large waves of migrants include some criminals or people abusing rich country hospitality. But most, she said, are in genuine need and "are just trying to have peace again."

Adramane Diabate, 24, considers himself a "global migrant." He abandoned elite military training in his native Mali and went to live in Senegal, South Africa, Panama and now California, and says that countries need open borders to thrive.

Also speaking in Davos, he said, "We are in a place and time where restricting our movements is not going to help us to create a peaceful and harmonious global society."

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11:20 a.m.

Britain's treasury chief says Donald Trump's accession to the U.S. presidency is likely to create even more uncertainty for Europe than his country's unprecedented departure from the EU.

Philip Hammond, speaking in Switzerland ahead of Trump's inauguration Friday, said "the change of administration in Washington is a very big issue" for Britain and the rest of the EU.

After a campaign critical of free trade and Europe's migration and defense policy, Trump "has probably introduced a bigger uncertainty" for the EU than the Brexit vote, Hammond said.

Barclays CEO Jes Staley, speaking with Hammond at the World Economic Forum, said the U.S. vote for Trump "clearly challenged the notion of a global economic union" and urged the new Trump administration not to attack free trade.