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Rich countries less welcoming to refugees?

Iraqi people, who fled from Qayyara because of Islamic State violence, gather at a refugee camp in the Makhmour area near Mosul

According to a report released by Oxfam earlier this week, the top six wealthiest countries (accounting for almost 60 percent of the global economy) host a mere 9 percent of the world’s refugees.

Between them, Germany, the United States, France, China, the United Kingdom and Japan hosted 2.1 million refugees at the end of 2015. Germany accounted for a third of that number, 736,740.

How does this compare to the top six countries hosting the most refugees and asylum seekers around the world?

Jordan, Turkey, the Palestinian territories, Pakistan, Lebanon and South Africa hosted over half the world’s refugees at the end of last year, some 11.9 million people.

In stark contrast to the six wealthiest countries mentioned above, these nations only account for just under 2 percent of global GDP. Jordan and Turkey both host about 2.8 million displaced persons, the highest amount of any countries worldwide.

Infographic: Are Rich Countries Less Welcoming To Refugees? | Statista
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