Does the US accept relatively more or fewer refugees than other Western countries?

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Does the US accept relatively more or fewer refugees than other Western countries?

My answer looks at the number of refugees accepted by the US in relation to all other countries, not only those in the West.

The latest UN figures (January 2015) show that the US had a refugee population of around 267,000 at that time, a figure that did not put the US in the list of top 10 refugee hosting countries, which was headed by Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran and Ethiopia.

When refugee numbers are measured against GDP per capita, the top five countries were Ethiopia, Pakistan, Chad, Uganda and Kenya.

When refugee numbers were registered against the total number of inhabitants, the top five countries were Lebanon, Jordan, Nauru, Chad and Djibouti.

The figures for the US represent something of an understimate, as many refugees are naturalized relatively quickly after arriving in the US, and so are excluded from the count. By taking the total number of refugees who have been offered protection in the 21st century, the UN puts the US in third place, behind Turkey and Lebanon.

The US admits far more refugees than other countries by means of organized resettlement programmes. In 2014, 105,000 refugees were resettled in 26 countries. 73,000 of that number, or 70% of the title, were admitted to the US.

For further information, go to: www.unhcr.org

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