Tackling the global refugee crisis: from shirking to sharing responsibility

This report documents the precarious situation faced by many of the world’s 21 million refugees, the vast majority of which are hosted in low and middle-income countries, while many of the world’s wealthiest nations host the fewest and do the least. If all – or most – countries were to take a fair share of responsibility for hosting refugees then no one country would be overwhelmed and the lives of refugees would be significantly improved. Amnesty International is calling for all countries to put in places refugee resettlement programmes and to increase safe and legal routes for refugees to enter the country. The organization is also proposing that countries agree a specific system for responsibility sharing, based on the use of reasonable criteria such as national wealth, population size and unemployment rate.

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