Monday, June 27, 2016

Most People Would "Welcome Refugees with Open Arms"

UNHCR photo. A child walks in a United Nations refugee camp in Turkey where thousands of Syrian refugees reside.
A global survey of 27,680 ordinary citizens in 27 countries, commissioned by Amnesty International over the first half of 2016, found that fully 80 percent of people "would welcome refugees with open arms,” with many going so far as to “take them into their own homes.”

In a statement, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s secretary general, said:

“These figures speak for themselves. People are ready to make refugees welcome, but governments’ inhumane responses to the refugee crisis are badly out of touch with the views of their own citizens… Too often they use xenophobic anti-refugee rhetoric to chase approval ratings. This survey suggests they are not listening to the silent majority of welcoming citizens who take the refugee crisis personally.”

--From Good.is

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