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Amman (Agenzia Fides) - Jordan currently hosts two million and 7 thousand refugees: a multitude which places the Hashemite Kingdom in first place in the ranking of countries hosting the largest number of refugees and displaced persons, followed by Turkey (2.5 million), Pakistan (1.6 million) and Lebanon (1.5 million). According to data provided by Amnesty International, half of the entire global mass of refugees worldwide is hosted by only 10 of the 193 countries that make up the entire list of nations.
"These data", commented to Agenzia Fides Wael Suleiman, General Director of Caritas Jordan, "are even underestimated compared to the reality, and are shocking because it also documents that the richest and most advanced Countries are home to a small number of refugees, despite the fact that now in those Countries many governments are led or affected by forces that earn power just by exploiting and fomenting fear and rejection of immigrants. Jordan is open to all, we are aware of carrying out an important humanitarian mission, and we want to continue. In recent times 200 thousand Syrian refugees have been regularized as legal workers. But now refugees and immigrants represent 40 percent of the population. The national debt has grown exponentially in recent years. Many Jordanians are now poorer than many immigrants. If the international community does not take note of the explosive situation and does not intervene to support this effort carried out by the entire Country, there will come a time when even here all doors to enter the Country will be closed and those who had fled from hunger and war will have to be repatriated". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 05/10/2016)