Global Q&A: ‘Do you think your country does enough for world refugees?’
Global Q&A: ‘Do you think your country does enough for world refugees?’
Florian Jans, 24, German Teacher, Brookings, South Dakota, United States: No, probably my answer would be no. Because as … one of the most powerful nations in the world, there would definitely be more potential. But that goes for Europe as well, not just the U.S. There are many Western countries that could do more, and probably should do more, for the current ongoing crises. (The Epoch Times)

Florian Jans, 24, German Teacher, Brookings, South Dakota, United States: No, probably my answer would be no. Because as … one of the most powerful nations in the world, there would definitely be more potential. But that goes for Europe as well, not just the U.S. There are many Western countries that could do more, and probably should do more, for the current ongoing crises. (The Epoch Times)

Svetlana Kochetkova, 30, Biologist, Pyatigorsk, Russia: Although, according to the law, conditions for refugees have been created in our country, I haven’t heard that many people have been coming to us recently. Certainly, in an hour of need, help can be given to any person, regardless of nationality, religion, or race. The main thing is that this person himself appreciates help of residents of another country.   (The Epoch Times)

Svetlana Kochetkova, 30, Biologist, Pyatigorsk, Russia: Although, according to the law, conditions for refugees have been created in our country, I haven’t heard that many people have been coming to us recently. Certainly, in an hour of need, help can be given to any person, regardless of nationality, religion, or race. The main thing is that this person himself appreciates help of residents of another country. (The Epoch Times)

Ian Woodhouse, 59, Retired Business Owner, Buderim, Australia: No we don’t. And a lot of people misunderstand that, they think that charity starts at home, and we should just look after Australians. ... People are starving, and it really hurts to see that. I can’t waste food, I always try to give what I can. ... I truly believe we’ve got to do a lot more. In a list of industrialized Western nations, [of] first-world countries, we’re down [at] the bottom of the list [for] per capita investment in refugees and helping people overseas. I love the boat people, we’ve got to help boat people to come to Australia, and we’ve got to show more care and respect for them. (The Epoch Times)

Ian Woodhouse, 59, Retired Business Owner, Buderim, Australia: No we don’t. And a lot of people misunderstand that, they think that charity starts at home, and we should just look after Australians. ... People are starving, and it really hurts to see that. I can’t waste food, I always try to give what I can. ... I truly believe we’ve got to do a lot more. In a list of industrialized Western nations, [of] first-world countries, we’re down [at] the bottom of the list [for] per capita investment in refugees and helping people overseas. I love the boat people, we’ve got to help boat people to come to Australia, and we’ve got to show more care and respect for them. (The Epoch Times)

Ebba Enhorning, 30, IT, Lund, Sweden: It depends on what you compare with. If one compares Sweden with [some] other countries, you can say that Sweden does a lot, but compared with [yet] other countries, it is not enough, because the global need is much bigger. (The Epoch Times)

Ebba Enhorning, 30, IT, Lund, Sweden: It depends on what you compare with. If one compares Sweden with [some] other countries, you can say that Sweden does a lot, but compared with [yet] other countries, it is not enough, because the global need is much bigger. (The Epoch Times)

Edna Figueiredo, 59, Social Worker, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: No, because the country never does enough for the Brazilian population, and never will take care of refugees! (The Epoch Times)

Edna Figueiredo, 59, Social Worker, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: No, because the country never does enough for the Brazilian population, and never will take care of refugees! (The Epoch Times)

Many around the world feel their countries are not as welcoming as they should be to refugees. This is what Epoch Times reporters from United States to Brazil discovered when they asked locals: 

“Do you think your country does enough for world refugees?”

 

Look for the Global Q&A column every week. Epoch Times correspondents interview people around the world to learn about their lives and perspectives on local and global realities. Next week’s global question, “Is there pressure in your peer group to do drugs?”

  • Don Dressel

    I am so tired of the rest of the world knocking the united states! As far as the world refugees all I see is the united states trying to fix the rest of the world while we fall apart! Let the rest of the world help the refugees and I say pull all our troops out of everywhere and rebuild or country!!!! Besides the world has already forgotten about world war 2 and how many good men we lost over in europe!!!!

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