Refugee Resettlement Watch

UN Dispatch: Top 4 countries in the world for refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 9, 2015

From the UN Dispatch last week:

What makes a country a ‘good’ country for refugee resettlement, fairly assuming their burden in the global community? Here are four countries on three continents that both quantitatively and qualitatively stand out.

Guterres

Antonio Guterres has been the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for almost ten years. While he nags the western world (and particularly the US!) to take ever greater numbers of refugees, he hasn’t been able to persuade the country he once led as its Prime Minister to take more than a handful each year. In 2014 we learn Portugal took a whole 14 refugees!

With as many refugees arriving in Europe last month than all of last year, this question of where they can and should resettle is all the more urgent.What makes a country a ‘good’ country for refugee resettlement, fairly assuming their burden in the global community? Here are four countries on three continents that both quantitatively and qualitatively stand out.

With as many refugees arriving in Europe last month than all of last year, this question of where they can and should resettle is all the more urgent.

The UN goes on to say that the top 4 countries are (drum roll!):

Germany

Sweden 

United States 

Brazil

Continue reading here to see the rationale.

US took 67% of the refugees resettled around the world in 2014!

If you haven’t yet had a chance to look at the State Department’s report on the Proposed Refugee Admissions for FY2016, I highly recommend it (as a matter of fact, I have to stop posting now so I have some time today to continue studying it).

In the report we learn that the US aims to take 50% of the refugees referred by the UN each year, but what a surprise, in calendar year 2014 (Table VIII p. 70) we took 67% which was 48,911 refugees!

Germany took 3,467 (4.7% of the total resettled)

Sweden took 1,497 (2.1%)

Brazil took 44 (.06%)

And, just for fun!  The UNHCR Antonio Guterres is the former Prime Minister of Portugal and that country took 14 refugees in 2014!  So he couldn’t convince his own home country to WELCOME more?  (Portugal has promised to take 23 Syrians!)

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9 Responses to “UN Dispatch: Top 4 countries in the world for refugees”

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  3. murlimews said

    While searching online for volunteer positions, my 25 year old daughter found a plethora of volunteer and donation opportunities to facilitate the ‘refugee crisis.’ She’s read your blog so of course shared this with me. You correctly predicted this unfolding Hydra:

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    How clever these organizers are, capitalizing on the holiday season and social get-togethers! You too can donate $50 to make you feel good but no mention of long term, i.e. your blog, “Refugee family of four $250,000+ first five years.”

    In early Greek mythology, the Hydra was a gigantic monster with many heads, the centre one immortal. The destruction of Hydra was one of the 12 Labours of Heracles, which he accomplished with the assistance of Iolaus. As one head was cut off, two grew in its place. Therefore, Iolaus” finally burned out the roots with firebrands as soon as Heracles cut off each head. At last Heracles severed the one immortal head from the body and buried it under a heavy rock. The arrows dipped by Heracles in the poisonous blood or gall inflicted fatal wounds, eventually including his own accidental death at the hands of his wife, Deianira.

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  4. Dr. Rich Swier said

    Great. Posted: http://bit.ly/1Pn32d8

    Rich

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  5. sodiumpen said

    Often we forget the huge numbers of legal immigrants that come to the USA. Granted we applaud the fact they did so legally but that doesn’t mitigate the numbers. About 8 years ago I attended a friend’s Naturalization ceremony and can attest to this.

    “. . .new figures from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have revealed that 90 percent of all US citizenship Naturalizations in 2013 were made by people originating from the Third World.”

    http://newobserveronline.com/90-of-us-naturalizations-from-3rd-world/

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  6. futuret said

    YOUR BLOG IS MORE APPRECIATED MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW. THANK YOU FOR BEING A PERSON OF INFORMATIVE TRUTH.

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  7. sturandot13 said

    Antonio Guterres also is/was president of Socialist International – so it is apparent that he has no love for the United States as a freedom loving Republic; and wishes to tear down the U.S. as our founders had bequeathed it to us.

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  9. conprof said

    Isn’t Biden a big fan of refugee resettlement and isn’t Delaware one of the lowest receiving states? Hmmmmm….

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