Refugees; How do you measure up?

Todays little info-matic is inspired by todays news that Denmark will take refugees valuables as a contribution for their staying in Denmark. See this article join the The Guardian here. I don’t want to judge Denmark on this single point because there are just so many variables and questions to ask to complete the picture.

To highlight this I have chosen one variable and used the numbers provided by Wikipedia. The variable is simply the number of refugees countries have accepted per capita. You would also need to look at countries GDB, democracy, agricultural capability, population saturation, religion etc.You can find the refugee per capita data here data here.

From Wikis figures we can see that each country needs to accept approximately one refugee per 500 people on average. That sounds simple. It’s not of course and I will avoid some of the sticky questions.

My position is simply that we should not feign outrage over other countries refugee policy when it is obviously superior to your own. Yes Denmark has a problem because it absorbs so many refugees per population. Sweden could say not enough. But Sorry Australia, USA, New Zealand your opinion is worthless in the debate. Similarly other countries should not discuss Australia, USA and New Zealand because they are so appallingly bad themselves (thats Japan, China, Brazil etc)

If you look at the numbers you will see that its is confusing and thats just the way many of our politicians want it to be.

Anyway for whatever reason the higher the balloon floats the higher the contribution to taking refugees is, whether by compassion or geographical location.

27-01-16 balloons refugees
Refugees; World population 7.3 Billion. Refugee population 15 Million. Thats one for every 500 people give or take a few. We should be able to deal with that. 27-01-16. The higher the balloon the more refugees per capita the country takes. the central line represents the break even point and the scale in the vertical direction is exponential downwards.

Author: Mick

I am a Visual Artist, working in a variety of media including acrylics, pencil and inks.

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