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World’s 6 richest countries host less than 9% of world’s refugees

World’s 6 richest countries host less than 9% of world’s refugees

The world’s six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of the world’s refugees, according to a new Oxfam report.

While the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France and UK make up more than half the global economy, last year they only hosted 2.1 million refugees and asylum seekers — just 8.88% of the world’s total, the aid organization said in its report released Monday.

Of these 2.1 million people, roughly a third are hosted by Germany (736,740), while the remaining 1.4 million are split between the other five countries. The UK hosts 168,937 refugees, a figure Oxfam GB chief executive, Mark Goldring, has called shameful.

In contrast, more than half of the world’s refugees – almost 12 million people – live in Jordan, Turkey, Palestine, Pakistan, Lebanon and South Africa, despite the fact these places make up less than 2% of the world’s economy.

“It is shameful so many governments are turning their backs on the suffering of millions of vulnerable people who have fled their homes and are often risking their lives to reach safety,” said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, in a statement.

“Poorer countries are shouldering the duty of protecting refugees when it should be a shared responsibility,” she added.

Oxfam is calling on governments to host more refugees and to do more to help poorer countries which provide shelter to the majority of the world’s refugees. “This is one of the greatest challenges of our time yet poorer countries, and poorer people, are left to shoulder the responsibility,” said Mark Goldring, chief executive of Oxfam GB. “It is a complex crisis that requires a coordinated, global response with the richest countries doing their fair share by welcoming more refugees and doing more to help and protect them wherever they are.

“Now more than ever, the UK needs to show that it is an open, tolerant society that is prepared to play its part in solving this crisis. It is shameful that as one of the richest economies the UK has provided shelter for less than 1% of refugees.”

The number of displaced people is currently at the highest ever recorded, according to the U.N., surpassing even post-World War II numbers.
More than 65 million people — one out of every 113 people on the planet — have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, violence or persecution says the UNHCR — a 5.8-million increase on the year before.

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