UPDATED: 13 December 2013, 21:30
According to numbers in a report by Amnesty International and an article in The Economist magazine, Armenia has taken in nearly as many Syrian refugees as the European Union and more than France, Italy, the UK, Spain, and Germany combined.
The scathing Amnesty International report takes Europe to task for utterly failing to help during the worst refugee crisis “since Rwanda” and calling their response “pitiful.” The European Union (area: 4.38 million km²), according to the report, has admitted about 12,000 refugees from Syria. The bulk of them, 10,000, have gone to Germany.
The report cites the following figures:
- Only 10 EU member states offered resettlement or humanitarian admission places to refugees from Syria.
- Germany is by far the most generous – pledging to take 10,000 refugees or 80 per cent of total EU pledges.
- Excluding Germany, the remaining 27 EU member states have offered to take a mere 2,340 refugees from Syria.
- France offered just 500 places or 0.02 per cent of the total number of people who have fled Syria.
- Spain agreed to take just 30 or 0.001 per cent of refugees from Syria.
- Eighteen EU member states – including the UK and Italy – offered no places at all.
The burning question: could it be that Armenia has more money to deal with this humanitarian crisis than the European Union? The staggering results surprised us and they might surprise you.
Armenia GDP: $19.649 billion
EU GDP: $16.214 trillion
Europe not only has a higher GDP; its GDP is higher by approximately 16.02 trillion dollars. That comes out to the EU grossing twice as much domestic product than Armenia every doggone day.
So, Armenia, which has 0.93% of the EU’s landmass, 0.12% of Europe’s GDP, has taken in more Syrian refugees than Germany and almost as many as the entire European Union.
I can’t believe that Europe, the giver of democracy, civilization, and Christianity to places like the whole world outside of Western Europe could suddenly turn its back on a problem that it probably had a big hand in creating. That’s never happened before.
Europe, you’re a loser.
Armenia, you rock.
By: William Bairamian
Note: In the original post, I wrote that there were 10,000 Syrian refugees in Armenia according to The Economist article. In fact, according to the article, there are 11,000 refugees from Syria who have found safe haven in Armenia. The number of refugees admitted by the European Union according to Amnesty International, 12,000, was recorded correctly here. Thanks for the correction, buddy.