Refugees. A burden? Many wealthy countries of the world think so and here’s proof.
widenews desk : Amnesty International recently reported that ten countries that make up 2.5 percent of the world’s GDP host more than half the world’s refugees.
A minuscule number considering there are 196 countries in the world.
Fifty eight percent of refugees recognized by UNHCR have found shelter in one of only 10 neighboring countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The responsibility of protecting refugees is very unequally distributed,” UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a statement on Monday.
After Jordan and Turkey who share the bulk of the refugees, Pakistan comes in at a close third with over 1.6 million refugees.
Titled “Tackling the global refugee crisis: from shirking to sharing responsibility,” the report goes on to name and shame the western countries who are “shirking their responsibilities.”
The United Kingdom, has accepted about 8,000 Syrians since 2011, according to UN
The US has taken in nearly 12,000 Syrian refugees since the start of the conflict, according to US State Department figures.
Canada has resettled almost 30,000 refugees since November 2015
Germany accepted more than 1 million refugees last year.
“If every one of the wealthiest countries in the world were to take in refugees in proportion to their size, wealth and unemployment rate, finding a home for more of the world’s refugees would be an eminently solvable challenge,” the Amnesty statement said.
However, the refugee crisis shows no signs of abating. At least 3,034 refugees have died en route to Europe so far in 2016, a sharp increase from last year, says the IOM. And at least 600 children have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean sea in a bid to escape war, poverty and persecution, Save the Children has said.