10 Countries That Host More Than Half Of World’s Refugees

More than half of the world’s 21 million refugees live in a small number of low- and middle-income countries, according to a new Amnesty International report.

Ten countries, which account for just 2.5 percent of global economy, are currently sheltering more refugees than the rest of the world put together, according to human rights group Amnesty International.

In the report titled, “Tackling the global refugee crisis: From shirking to sharing responsibility,” the London-based group stated a small number of countries — all in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia — are sheltering about 56 percent of the world’s 21 million refugee population.

Meanwhile, the wealthiest nations “host the fewest and do the least.”

The nonprofit also called on some nations to increase the number of refugees they host so that no single country bears the brunt.

“A small number of countries have been left to do far too much just because they are neighbors to a crisis," said Salil Shetty, Amnesty's secretary-general. “That situation is inherently unsustainable, exposing the millions fleeing war and persecution in countries like Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq to intolerable misery and suffering.”

Watch the video above to find out which countries made the list.

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Mohammed Salem 

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