AMMAN — Jordan has topped a list of 10 countries that host more than half of the world’s refugees, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released on Tuesday.
“Just 10 of the world’s 193 countries host more than half of its refugees. A small number of countries have been left to do far too much just because they are neighbours to a crisis,” said AI Secretary General Salil Shetty in a statement to present the report.
Jordan, which has taken in over 2.7 million people, was named as the top refugee-hosting country, followed by Turkey with over 2.5 million refugees, Pakistan with 1.6 million and Lebanon which hosts over 1.5 million people, AI said in a comprehensive assessment of the refugee crisis titled "Tackling the global refugee crisis: from shirking to sharing responsibility". The 10 countries, which collectively shelter 56 per cent of the world’s 21 million refugees, account for less than 2.5 per cent of the global economy, AI said, noting that many of the world’s wealthiest countries “host the fewest and do the least”.
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