LONDON (Web Desk) – Pakistan hosts the third highest number of refugees in the world, says a report released by rights group Amnesty International.
Home to 1.6 million refugees, Pakistan is third in line behind Jordan (over 2.7m refugees) and Turkey (over 2.5m refugees).
In a report on the plight faced by the world’s 21 million refugees, the London-based human rights body said that 10 countries accounting for 2.5 per cent of world’s GDP host more than half the world’s refugees and slammed what it called the selfishness of wealthy nations. Many of the world’s wealthiest nations “host the fewest and do the least”, it said.
Amnesty lamented that countries immediately neighbouring crisis zones bear the brunt of the global refugee problem.
About 56 percent of refugees are being sheltered in 10 countries.
Top 10 countries hosting refugees worldwide
Jordan: over 2.7m refugees
Turkey: over 2.5m refugees
Pakistan: 1.6m refugees
Lebanon: over 1.5m refugees
Iran: 979,400 refugees
Ethiopia: 736,100 refugees
Kenya: 553,900 refugees
Uganda: 477,200 refugees
Democratic Republic of Congo: 383,100 refugees
Chad: 369,500 refugees