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Western nations and cries of Refugees rise exposed.

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Nonda, Jun 19, 2011.

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    Nonda JF-Expert Member

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    * Total 43.7 million displaced worldwide, highest in 15 yrs
    * Four in five hosted by developing countries, UNHCR says
    * Distribution "uneven", but Europe can handle current flow

    "Fear about supposed floods of refugees in industrialised countries are being vastly overblown or mistakenly conflated with issues of migration," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement.

    "Meanwhile it's poorer countries that are left having to pick up the burden," added Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal who heads the Geneva-based agency.

    The world's poorest countries host huge refugee populations, both in absolute terms and in relation to their economic size, according to its report, "Global Trends 2010". Slightly more than half of all refugees are children under 18.

    "The numbers we are seeing coming into Europe are not the numbers that can't be handled in a fair process," he said.

    Asked about anti-refugee sentiment in some parts of Europe, he replied: "I think that difficult economic times sometimes breed unfortunate populist politics, and cultural differences and religious differences may account for some of that as well."

    In Europe, there were 1.6 million refugees at the end of 2010, down some 40,700 from a year before, mainly due to registration and verification conducted in the Balkans, according to UNHCR.

    Refugees on rise and poor countries bear brunt-UNHCR | News by Country | Reuters
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    AshaDii Platinum Member

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    Amazing… I genuinely wonder if those who go abroad because of
    being/afraid of being or forced to be displaced in African nations as a result
    of their countries internal chaos do qualify to be known as refugees… quite disturbing…