A new survey, the first of its kind, revealed which countries are the most welcoming to refugees. China ranked as number one, followed by Germany in second, and the United Kingdom in third.
It is somewhat surprising that Germany was not ranked in the top position, considering their government's dedication to protecting asylum seekers. Angela Merkel has even been criticized for being too open towards refugees, having accepted 1.1 million last year.
Amnesty International surveyed roughly 27,000 people in 27 different countries about their attitudes towards refugees. Eighty percent of those surveyed said that they would welcome refugees into their city, neighborhoods, or home.
Almost 75 percent said that people escaping war or persecution should be allowed to obtain political asylum in another country.
One in ten people said they would welcome refugees into their homes.
The poll showed a bit of a disconnect between government action and public opinion. Although the Chinese government has not resettled any Syrian refugees since the start of the war, half of Chinese respondents would offer hospitality to refugees not just in their cities, but even in their homes. The majority of Chinese who were surveyed believed their government should do more to aid refugees.
Russia was indicated as the least welcoming country, with 61 percent of those surveyed saying that they would not want refugees in their country. Other hostile countries included Poland and Hungary.
The study came out just a week prior to the first World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Istanbul, where aid agencies and campaigners will ask governments to make greater accommodations for displaced people.
According to UNHCR, in 2015, there were 60 million forcibly displaced people, including 20 million refugees driven out of their homelands from wars.
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