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Here's Definitive Proof That Australia Is Actually A Fortress

When you break down the numbers, Australia is not as generous as you might think.

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Refugee and asylum seeker policy has been dividing the Australian public and our political class for decades.

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In an emotional and rowdy debate over the weekend, the Labor Party decided to allow the turnback of asylum seeker boats, and double the current intake of refugees.

Meanwhile, the government is keen for us to know as little as possible about "on water matters".

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It's reached the point that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton refuses to acknowledge that asylum seeker boats even exist.

But how does Australia's refugee intake stack up with the rest of the world. Do we pull our weight? Let's find out...

Do these countries have more or less refugees living in them per capita than Australia?

Guess which one had more refugees per capita in 2014 (excluding asylum seekers applying for refugee status).

Refugee statistics come from the UNHCR, and population data comes from the United Nations.

  1. 1. Let's start with some world superpowers. Which country has more refugees per capita: Australia or the USA?

    Immigration is a big political issue in the US too.

    Australia
    Australia
    United States
    United States
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Australia has more refugees.

    The United States are home to more than 267,000 refugees, but in a population of over 300 million, that's less than 1 per 1000 people.

  2. 2. Which has more refugees: Australia or Russia?

    Russia
    Russia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Russia has more refugees.

    Russia has 1.64 refugees living in it per 1000 people.

  3. 3. Australia or Germany?

    Australia
    Australia
    Germany
    Germany
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Germany has more refugees.

    Germany was home to almost 217,000 refugees in 2014, or 2.6 per 1000 people.

  4. 4. Australia or the United Kingdom?

    Australia
    Australia
    United Kingdom
    United Kingdom
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The United Kingdom has more refugees.

    With 117,000 refugees, the United Kingdom has around 1.9 refugees per 1000 people.

  5. 5. How about some smaller countries: Australia or Armenia?

    Australia
    Australia
    Armenia
    Armenia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Armenia has more refugees.

    Armenia has a refugee population of 5.95 per 1000 people.

  6. 6. Australia or Norway?

    Australia
    Australia
    Norway
    Norway
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Norway has more refugees.

    Norway has even more refugees living in it: 9.6 per 1000 people.

  7. 7. Australia or Lebanon?

    Australia
    Australia
    Lebanon
    Lebanon
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Lebanon has more refugees.

    Lebanon has the highest population of refugees per capita in the world, with more than 265 refugees per 1000 people in the country.

  8. 8. Australia or Belgium?

    Australia
    Australia
    Belgium
    Belgium
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Belgium has more refugees.

    Belgium is less generous than that, but still has around 2.7 refugees per 1000 people.

  9. 9. Australia or Iraq?

    Australia
    Australia
    Iraq
    Iraq
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Iraq has more refugees.

    Iraq's refugee population is high, there are more than 271,000 refugees living there, around 8.75 per 1000 people.

  10. 10. Australia or Nauru?

    Nauru contains one of Australia's offshore detention centres, but how many refugees does the country itself resettle (excluding asylum seekers in detention)?

    Australia
    Australia
    Nauru
    Nauru
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Nauru has more refugees.

    Nauru has a tiny population, but still had 389 refugees in 2014. That's 38.8 refugees per 1000 people.

Here's Definitive Proof That Australia Is Actually A Fortress

Of the 181 countries analysed, Australia ranked 65th, with a refugee population of 1.58 per 1000 people in 2014. To put that in perspective, our economy is the 12th largest in the world.

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Most of the countries that Australia beats have no significant refugee intake (less than 0.1 refugees per 100 people).

Of course, there are lots of reasons that Australia might have a lower refugee population. Many of the countries with the most refugees have refugee camps supported by the United Nations.

Australia is also very remote compared to the other countries on this list, making it harder for refugees to reach us.

Contact Casey Briggs at casey@caseybriggs.com.

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