Saturday, September 05, 2015

Good Neighbours

I don't think I need to tell the readers here that we have a massive refugee crisis in Europe and in Asia in particular, but the situation is more dire in Europe. Depending on how rich a country is, it is only fair to contribute where you can. 

UK has done very well, what we call batting well above its average. I also have to single out the rich oil nations such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar ... kudos on the contributions ... BUT all four countries have TAKEN IN ZERO REFUGEE. Is it a country's prerogative not to take in refugees ??? I guess a country has the sovereignty to decide if they want their population to remain homogenous (largely) so as to stave off future social problems, maybe. I will try to not associate the innocent drowned boy in Turkey to this, although I can ...

Take my money but don't force me to take in any refugees. If every single country does that .... we are all so fucked. I think I can put Japan into that category as well.

Let's get one things straight ... no one chooses to be a refugee. They are running from something that is so bad that they would rather risk their lives in jammed up boats or trek hazardous areas to be "free-er". Yes, there are also economic refugees, but there are very very few of them (not like the Southern population migration from China in the early 1900).

The other country that needs to be singled out is China. Ye, it has some economic problems now, but its really nothing compared to the size of the country, the size of its economy, the role it plays in global trade and the surpluses it has accumulated. Certainly you need to play a bigger role in global issues. You have to do your part. 9.7m pounds from China ... god, thats even lesser than Switzerland, Luxembourg or South Korea!!!


WHO GIVES WHAT: CASH SPENT AND PLEDGED COUNTRY BY COUNTRY
COUNTRYAID SPENDING
US£2,800,986,584
European Commission£1,041,852,208
UK£920,646,623
Kuwait£764,149,331
Individuals & organisations£638,993,458
Germany£633,585,440
Saudi Arabia£387,077,881
UAE£359,148,206
Canada£341,430,640
Japan£310,032,078
Norway£171,992,010
Qatar£157,992,727
Netherlands£135,988,173
Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)£132,481,587
UN agencies£130,667,593
Various (details not yet provided)£125,234,632
Switzerland£114,747,197
Sweden£113,030,788
Australia£98,394,682
Denmark£94,068,068
France£70,017,598
Italy£64,432,296
Finland£40,287,318
Belgium£31,791,564
Ireland£26,782,302
Russian Federation£23,601,492
Spain£20,918,214
Bahrain£16,849,800
Luxembourg£15,707,696
Oman£15,180,000
Iraq£15,157,436
Korea, Republic of£15,108,390
Allocation of funds from Red Cross / Red Crescent£12,307,248
China£9,769,935
Austria£8,843,065
New Zealand£7,326,343
Morocco£5,445,000
Czech Republic£4,491,722
India£3,824,381
Brazil£3,821,400
Poland£3,773,636
Mexico£1,980,000
Algeria£1,320,000
Estonia£1,168,581
Allocation of unearmarked funds by IGOs£866,611
Monaco£758,898
Croatia£695,665
Brunei Darussalam£660,000
Mauritania£660,000
Turkey£660,000
Hungary£485,200
Bulgaria£483,115
Romania£363,000
Ecuador£330,000
Indonesia£330,000
Malaysia£330,000
Iceland£267,300
Greece£260,187
Portugal£214,014
Colombia£198,000
Slovenia£173,584
Liechtenstein£170,807
Slovakia£170,426
Lithuania£161,451
Uruguay£151,807
Botswana£132,000
Chile£132,000
Kazakhstan£132,000
Latvia£118,776
Malta£102,099
South Africa£61,687
Cyprus£39,197
Andorra£33,987
Georgia£33,000
Mongolia£6,600
Holy See£6,518
Montenegro£3,300
Source:  Financial Tracking Service



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4 comments:

PEGGY Method said...

Hi, typo, China should be million, not bn.

Should ask Malaysia to donate some from the balance of the RM2.6 billion.

Zubair Lex said...

Hi
Thanks for the update of the refugee crisis. You forget one vital point. Malaysia is a Muslim country well endowed with natural resources a country where I notice the majority of the population are kind and caring and also overweight!. It's a shame to note that the worlds poorest nation Mauritania has contributed double the amount than prosperous Malaysia. I just hope Malaysians especially the Muslims contribute generously as they have a religious obligation to do so.
And how many refugees has the Government agreed to take????

Salvador Dali said...

Zubair,

In actual fact, considering our resources, economic debt etc... Malaysia has risen way above similar countries in terms of taking in refugees. If you ask around, we have a lot of Rohingyas and various refugee communities from Arab states living in our country. We are about one of the very very few countries to agree to host them while allowing them time to wait for actual placements to other countries to take them permanently. Many of them stay here for more than 5 years. Unfortunately our gov cannot make it legal for their kids to be schooled at our gov schools or allow them legally to work. Its one to thing to allow them in but its another to legalise them for fear of political backlash. Which is a shame... we cannot have so many of them here whether for a few years or otherwise... and not try to treat them more humanely. Go ask Singapore how many they have taken in, even for temporary measures.

ronnie said...

Dali. Why doesn't Singapore contribute or take in refugees?