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The paradox of reception

· The six wealthiest countries in the world host only nine per cent of migrants while six of the poorest receive more than half ·

The world’s six wealthiest countries (the USA, China, Japan, Germany, France and the UK) received less than nine per cent of the 65 million people fleeing to escape war and poverty. 

On the contrary, six of the poorest received over 50 per cent. This asymmetrical and disproportionate context has emerged from the latest OXFAM report on the situation of aid to migrants and refugees. Overall, the document shows that the response to the greatest humanitarian emergency since the Second World War is still inadequate and unsatisfactory: more must be done and more importantly, there must be sharing and integration in the systems of reception. A global problem like today’s immigration issue requires global responses. Further details show that last year, the planet’s six largest economies welcomed 2.1 million refugees and asylum seekers, in other words, 8.88 percent of the total – a figure well below that of Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, South Africa, Pakistan and the Palestinian Territories on the West Bank, which represent less than two per cent of the global economy. These countries have received over 11.9 million. Italy, having received 134,997 people (0.6 per cent of the total), is even further away from figures reached by Germany in the past year, which in a counter trend opened its borders to 736,740 people, increasing the number of refugees welcomed. On 19-20 September two fundamental summits will be held in New York in order to define how to cope with the migratory crisis. In view of this twofold event, OXFAM has launched an appeal that world leaders be called upon to guarantee safety, protection, dignity and a future to the millions of people forced to leave everything behind.

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