Poor countries shoulder burden of refugees

Antonio Guterres, in Choucha Camp, talks to a refugee who nearly died while trying to reach Italy by boat

Eighty percent of refugees across the world are living in the poorest countries, according to the chief of the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR.

Speaking on World Refugee Day, Antonio Guterres, said these countries, mainly in Africa, host huge refugee populations contrary to the widely held belief that it is the richer countries that bear the burden.

“Four fifths of the world’s refugees live in the developing world. And when we see sometimes the debate in Europe or North America about refugees and the burden they represent for societies, it is very important to remind countries in developed world that indeed it is the developing world that is granting protection and assistance to the overwhelming majority of refugees in the world.”

He said that fears that industrialized nations are what he describes as "flooded" with refugees are unfounded.

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