The world's wealthiest countries are the 'least welcoming' of refugees

The world's poorest nations are taking in the bulk of the world's refugees according to a new Oxfam report

The world's wealthiest countries are the 'least welcoming' of refugees

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The world's six wealthiest nations host fewer than 9% of the world's refugees, according to a new report from Oxfam.

The United States, China, Japan, Germany, France and UK account for half of the global economy but last year they hosted only 2.1 million refugees and asylum seekers. This is just 8.88% of the world's total according to the Oxfam report.

Germany hosts more than 736,000 people, which is the largest share of refugees among the world's richest countries.

The report shows that the nations that host more than half of the world's refugees and asylum seekers account for less than 2% of the world's GDP. These include: Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, South Africa and Palestine, who together host approximately 12 million people.

According to the report the number of people forced to flee their homes due to war, violence or persecution is at its highest level since records began.

More than 65 million people have fled their homes. A third of these are refugees and asylum seekers, while the majority have been internally displaced.

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International said:  “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.

"Poorer countries are shouldering the duty of protecting refugees when it should be a shared responsibility, but many richer countries are doing next to nothing."

Oxfam is calling on wealthier countries to pull their weight and take in more refugees.

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