World’s six richest nations host less than 9% of refugees.

Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, (AFP)The world’s poorer countries shoulder most of the refugee burden while wealthiest nations host less than nine percent of the refugees, leading poverty charity Oxfam says. 

According to a report released by the charity on Monday, the US, China, Japan, Germany, France and the UK host 2.1 million refugees, which is 8.9 percent of the world’s total.

The countries together make up more than 56 percent of the global economy, according to Oxfam.

“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.

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

In a sharp contrast, the report revealed the countries that host more than half of the world’s refugees and asylum seekers account for less than two percent of the world’s global economy.

Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan, Lebanon, South Africa and Palestine collectively host almost 12 million refugees.

“The richest countries need to be part of the solution and do their fair share by welcoming and protecting more refugees,” Byanyima said.

She said the recent “international displacement” is an unprecedented and complex challenge that requires a “coordinated global response.”

The organization also called on the UK to “show that it is an open, tolerant society that is prepared to play its part in solving this crisis.”

Britain, which is one of the richest economies in the world, has provided shelter for less than one percent of refugees.


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