The UN refugee agency said Monday it was "alarmed" by the consequences of US President Donald Trump's order barring refugee arrivals, describing those targeted as "anxious, confused and heartbroken."

"This week alone, over 800 refugees were set to make America their new home," the Geneva-based UNHCR said in a statement.

The order signed by Trump on Friday suspends arrivals by refugees in general for 120 days and Syrian refugees indefinitely.

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