The many conflicts around the world have forced people to escape and look for new homes. The refugee crisis we’re seeing in Europe is just one of the few that we usually see on the news. But a new Oxfam report says that the six richest countries in the world, host less than 9 percent of the world’s refugees. This means that the poorer countries are taking in the refugees and helping them find new homes.
Oxfam, a charity that works with 94 countries and many other organizations to find solutions to poverty, released the report on Monday. The United States, Germany, China, Japan, France and the UK, host 2.1 million refugees, which is 8.9 percent of the world’s total. Germany hosts 736,740 of the 2.1 million refugees. The rest are in the other five countries.
The report also mentions the nations that host more than half of the world’s refugees. Close to 12 million refugees live in Turkey, Jordan, South Africa, Lebanon, Palestine and Pakistan. The six wealthiest make up almost 57 percent of the world’s economy while the nations that host more than half of the refugees in the world make up close to 2 percent.
The charity also asked the governments to bring in more refugees and help the countries that have the most.
According to a report released last year from UNHCR, more than 65 million people have left their homes due to conflicts around the world. The conflict in Syria, where thousands of people have lost their lives since it began, has forced millions of people to escape the country. Millions of people have left to nearby countries, including Turkey and Jordan. The two currently host the most refugees in the world with 2.75 and 2.8 million refugees. Syria also had one of the highest percentages of resettlement cases last year.
Many countries around the world have decided to take in refugees but a few others have opposed to the idea. Border controls and barbed wire fences have been placed to prevent people from coming in. Deals have also been reached to close routes and construct more fences.
More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe last year and many more have arrived this year. Thousands have also lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, which is one of the fastest but most dangerous routes to get to Europe.
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