Considering many refugee threads have been popping up recently, I thought I'd open a definite one. Maybe we can try to contain the discussion here. So Hungary temporarily closed down its main station after refugees travelled uncontrolled onwards to Austria and Germany: https://translate.google.de/transla...esst-bahnhof-keleti-a-1050828.html&edit-text= On Monday evening alone, 3650 refuguees arrived in Vienna (!!). The response so far is twofold. One has been "be tough on refugees" and has been a complete and utter failure so far. The EU's outer land borders are not adequately secured, obviously, and it is not possible to prevent refugee ships from reaching Greece or Italy or Spain (without a massacre). Some facts. Where do these asylum seekers go? At least for 2014, we have figures: http://www.theguardian.com/world/da...-eu-countries-receive-the-most-asylum-seekers The figures for the current year will be way higher - remember the thread about Germany preparing for 800k refugees this year alone, which would be 1% of the population - but I would assume that the relative percentages will remain around the same. Now it makes perfect sense, obviously, that Germany gets most refugees. We simply are the largest country by population. And obviously, given the current situation, it means something else for, say, Greece to give asylum to someone than for Germany. Still, given that many EU states happily put people on trains to Germany, I felt like doing the math in order to see how many refugees per inhabitant these states actually take up. So here goes: Inhabitants per refugee (all based on Eurostat data). Sweden 120 Hungary 230 Austria 306 Malta 318 Switzerland 347 Denmark 385 Norway 389 Germany 400 Cyprus 485 Luxembourg 490 Belgium 493 Bulgaria 650 Netherlands 689 Italy 941 France 1032 Greece 1146 Finland 1509 Iceland 1936 United Kingdom 2027 Ireland 3190 Poland 4736 Latvia 5296 Slovenia 5358 Lithuania 6639 Spain 8271 Estonia 8473 Czech Republic 9124 Croatia 9390 Romania 12855 Slovakia 16428 Portugal 23314 So per inhabitant, Hungary took really, really many asylum seekers. The next question I had is: Okay, now it seems fair that within the European Union, states with higher GDP per capita would take more refugees than those who are less well off (considering for poorer states it would be lose / lose for both the state and the refugees). So I calculated the rank difference between GDP per capita and inhabitants per refugee. The way you read this is the following: those high up the list have shouldered a high burden because they have taken many refugees given their size and economic capacity; those with a high positive number have so far managed to evade the asylum issue. Hungary -24 Bulgaria -19 Malta -13 Greece -9 Cyprus -8 Latvia -6 Sweden -6 Poland -5 Austria -3 Croatia -1 Denmark -1 Italy -1 Romania -1 Belgium 0 France 1 Germany 1 Lithuania 1 Estonia 2 Switzerland 2 Slovenia 3 Finland 5 Norway 5 United Kingdom 6 Czech Republic 8 Iceland 8 Netherlands 8 Slovakia 8 Luxembourg 9 Spain 9 Portugal 10 Ireland 16 It's not really surprising: those states at the Eastern and Southern periphery of the EU are poorer and have taken more refugees. Ireland, Spain, Netherlands, Iceland, but also Slovakia and the Czech Republic have so far evaded solidarity with the other EU states. This is going to become a real test for the European Union and a real test for Angela Merkel. There has been a resurgence of radical right-wing politics in most European states even before the onset of the current refugee crisis, so many of the geographically "well-situated" countries try not to be too helpful with the refugee issue. At the same time, it is only a matter of time, as we currently see in Greece, Hungary and states outside the EU like Macedonia, until these states collapse under the stream of refugees if there is no solidarity or help.