UNICEF's head has urged Japan and other nations to be more receptive to refugees and migrants, saying some countries can benefit from helping accommodate the surging number of people displaced by conflicts worldwide.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a recent interview that the rising number of displaced people is projected to grow even more, given the expected impact of global warming.

To meet that challenge, "every nation should review its own, not only laws, but customs to open up more to what is a global phenomenon and especially those who in so many ways like Japan are known to be very good global citizens," Lake said.