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These Are The Criminals and Corporations That Have Gotten Really, Really Rich... Resettlement: Bring me your huddled masses. NINE COUNTRIES HOST most of the world’s refugees. None of them is wealthy. All border war zones, from Syria to South Sudan. The simplest way for rich countries to help the poor ones that shoulder the lion’s share of the global refugee burden is through resettlement, the UNHCR’s second “durable solution”: accepting refugees directly from the countries they have fled to.

Many countries have had annual resettlement quotas for decades, agreed with and implemented through the UNHCR. America, for example, plans to take in 85,000 refugees this year. But the numbers are nothing like enough to accommodate the most acute refugee emergency: the 5m or so Syrians stranded in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, not to mention the 7m displaced inside Syria, many of whom could still flee. That is why some Europeans have sought a new approach: eliminate, or at least drastically reduce, irregular migrant flows, and launch a mass refugee-resettlement scheme instead.

It has been done before. Most settled in well. Romania’s anti-corruption drive reveals another extraordinary tale. Questionable Deal: EU to Work with African Despot to Keep Refugees Out. The ambassadors of the 28 European Union member states had agreed to secrecy. "Under no circumstances" should the public learn what was said at the talks that took place on March 23rd, the European Commission warned during the meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee.

A staff member of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini even warned that Europe's reputation could be at stake. Under the heading "TOP 37: Country fiches," the leading diplomats that day discussed a plan that the EU member states had agreed to: They would work together with dictatorships around the Horn of Africa in order to stop the refugee flows to Europe -- under Germany's leadership.

When it comes to taking action to counter the root causes of flight in the region, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said, "I strongly believe that we must improve peoples' living conditions. " War Crimes and Torture The German development agency GIZ is expected to coordinate the project. Important Route. UK firm 'employed former child soldiers' as mercenaries in Iraq | Global deve... A former senior director at a British firm says that it employed mercenaries from Sierra Leone to work in Iraq because they were cheaper than Europeans and did not check if they were former child soldiers. James Ellery, who was a director of Aegis Defence Services between 2005 and 2015, said that contractors had a “duty” to recruit from countries such as Sierra Leone, “where there’s high unemployment and a decent workforce”, in order to reduce costs for the US presence in Iraq.

“You probably would have a better force if you recruited entirely from the Midlands of England,” Ellery, a former brigadier in the British army, told the Guardian. “But it can’t be afforded. So you go from the Midlands of England to Nepalese etc etc, Asians, and then at some point you say I’m afraid all we can afford now is Africans.” Contract documents say that the soldiers from Sierra Leone were paid $16 (£11) a day. “When war gets outsourced, then the companies tries to find the cheapest soldiers globally. Welcome to Denmark. Now Give Us All Your Stuff. In the face of an increasingly perilous journey across the Mediterranean by boat, another crossing for asylum-seekers fleeing violence or joblessness at home is heating up: the Arctic Circle.

Despite the cold temperatures, growing numbers of migrants and refugees are using the Russian north to enter Norway and Finland, causing the Nordic countries to consider drastic measures in response. On Tuesday, Petteri Orpo, Finland’s interior minister, met with Col. Vladimir Kolokoltsev, his Russian counterpart, to discuss the increase in crossings from Russia, which have grown to 900 since last November, eclipsing the entire total for 2015.

The meeting comes after Finnish officials expressed concern that Moscow was orchestrating the flow of asylum-seekers into Finland after Russia declared on Sunday that it is blocking their return in a dispute over some 5,400 migrants that Oslo wants to deport. The Finnish-Russian border has not been a popular crossing throughout Europe’s migrant crisis.