Although one doesn’t need to dig deeper to find out if the United States is doing enough about the ongoing refugee crisis, this comparison helps put things into stark perspective.
Apparently, an airport in the capital city of Germany hosts more Syrian refugees than the U.S. accepted in all of 2015. Alec MacGillis, who covers politics for ProPublica, a New York-based independent newsroom, was the one who first pointed out the disquieting fact on Twitter.
There are now more Syrian refugees living in Tempelhof Airport in Berlin (2,600) than in the entire United States. https://t.co/rmMndYfqPr— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) February 17, 2016
Countries like Iceland, Canada and, more specifically Germany, welcomed refugees with open arms last year — and have continued to do so.
But some were selective in their hospitality, like Slovakia, Poland and Bulgaria, which only wanted Christian migrants. The case with the U.S. was more or less the same where Republicans and (some) Democrats rejected Middle Eastern asylum-seekers, citing terrorism fears.
More than 27 governors out-and-out refused to take in refugees fleeing violence in the Middle East. In fact, some, like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for instance, were so adamant to keep refugees away that he told humanitarian nonprofits to ignore Syrian refugees in need of help and even vowed to take legal action to make sure his orders are followed through.
As per Guardian’s calculations, the U.S. offered refugee status to 1,869 Syrian immigrants in 2015. Of those, 1,651 — unfortunately — live in states where governors do not want Syrian refugees to stay.
Meanwhile, the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin houses 2,600 or so refugees and it is expected that the number can go up to 7,000.
To make an even broader comparison, Germany is taking in more refugees in 2015 than the U.S. has in the past decade.
Since 2005, the U.S. has accepted a total of 675,982 refugees from all embattled regions in the world, according to the Refugee Processing Center, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. In stark contrast, Germany received nearly 1 million refugees in 2015 — 964,574 new migrants in 11 months, including over 200,000 just in November.
Says a lot about national American hospitality now, doesn’t it?
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