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Developing nations are carrying the refugee load

Data: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Note: Figures include only UNHCR-registered persons, and exclude asylum seekers and undocumented persons. Map: Chris Canipe/Axios

European nations and the U.S. may have developed the rules for refugees in the 1951 Refugee Convention, but developing nations host 85% of the world's refugees, according to UNHCR.

Why it matters: "The biggest misconception is that America is bearing a disproportionate share of the burden," David Miliband, president and CEO of International Rescue Committee and former secretary of state for foreign affairs in the U.K., told Axios.

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With isolationism on the rise, Colombia bets on welcoming the displaced

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

As of December, Colombia has given two-year stay permits to nearly 435,000 Venezuelans who were in the country illegally. One of the largest such efforts in recent years, Colombia's temporary protection program will also grant Venezuelan migrants the right to work and access to education and health care.

The big picture: Unlike many countries affected by the global migration crisis, Latin American countries have absorbed new arrivals mostly without hostility. Their measured response amounts to an experiment, based on the practical calculation that well-managed migration can lead to positive outcomes for both the displaced and the host country's economy.

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