Perpetuating the Palestinian refugee myth, Oxfam has chosen to present false data on a non-existent problem instead of offering support to those who really need it.
By: The Algemeiner
Oxfam has a new report on how Western nations aren’t doing enough to address the worldwide refugee crisis.
The responsibility for providing refugees with shelter, food and health care, as well as jobs and education, is falling disproportionately on poorer countries, which are often struggling to meet the needs of their own people or are at risk of compromising their own stability.
The world’s six richest countries, which make up more than half the global economy, host just 8.88 percent of the world’s refugees and asylum seekers. Among these countries Germany alone hosts over 736,000 people, while the US, UK, France, China and Japan are hosting the remaining 1.4 million between them.
In sharp contrast, half the world’s refugees and asylum seekers – almost 12 million people – are hosted by Jordan, Turkey, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Pakistan, Lebanon and South Africa, whose economies collectively account for less than two percent of the world’s total.
These are the numbers they give:
These numbers are completely distorted by the addition of Palestinian “refugees.”
The “refugees” in the West Bank and Gaza are not refugees by any sane definition, since they are living in the same land from which they are supposedly refugees from.
The vast majority of the “refugees” in Jordan — more than two million — are Palestinian citizens of Jordan!
200,000 of the Palestinian refugees supposedly in Lebanon do not exist, and the rest are descendants of refugees — although Lebanon treats them exceptionally poorly.
Oxfam had some reason to fudge the numbers to include refugees who aren’t refugees. If you would remove the 5 million fake Palestinian refugees from the calculations, then the number of refugees hosted by these six poor states (and quasi-states) goes down from nearly 12 million to around 7 million,
This doesn’t really explain Oxfam’s decision to include Palestinian “refugees” in the report, though.
The latest UNHCR trends report, from mid-2015, already lists the top host countries of real refugees – and they are mostly still poor countries: (note how the numbers in Jordan and Lebanon compare with Oxfam’s numbers.)
Oxfam could have made its point about poor countries bearing the brunt of hosting the bulk of refugees without adding the fake UNRWA refugees.
Apparently, Oxfam wants to build a halo around Palestinians, and act as if they are some kind of humanitarian powerhouse for being so magnanimous in allowing their own people to live in their land until they figure out a way to destroy Israel.
Using UNHCR’s figures, the percentage of refugees hosted by the six richest countries goes from 9% to 14%. They could have made the point they wanted to make with the real numbers but the fake Palestinian “refugees” juice up their statistics.
At the very least, this exposes how NGOs are more than willing to fudge statistics, knowing full well that the news media will blindly accept their figures.