Are the World's Richest People Responsible for Refugees?

We all know that in our world there are people who are wealthy with billions of dollars like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and a lot more, and on the other hand people who are poor and suffering and from them are refugees that are facing the worst financial issues with lack of nutrition and lack of their needs.
From the point of view that we have to help them, to support and donate for them what we are able to, but what about these rich people? Aren't they also responsible to support them, where if they donate less than 0.5% of their money, it may help enormous number of these refugees who are suffering. It's good to mention also that their wealth won't be affected neither their life.
So what do you think are they responsible for this mission? Do they have to support Refugees?

Comments (13)

  • tom Tom @ Topical Talk
    27 Apr 2022

    This is an interesting question and similar to one we posted not long ago about World hunger: https://talk.economistfoundation.org/headlines/world-hunger-in-numbers/do-billionaires-have-a-responsibility-to-help-solve-world-hunger/ so perhaps you could also look at what others have said to this?

    1. British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
      Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 27 Apr 2022

      Yes Mr. Tom, my post was inspired by the post about world hunger, I wanted to know if these people's opinion may vary with the variation of topics.

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Apr 2022

    Yes, they must support the refugees, if they look at the refugees with a human view, for innate qualities were created with them, including mercy and kindness, which will be the principle of support for the refugees, if the wealthy view the refugees that they are in need and must be saved. The writer Abhijit Banerjee wrote a special book entitled The Economy of the Poor, showing the importance of donating and helping others.

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      aware_painting's comment 28 Apr 2022

      You have a really good point aware_painting, however people who disagree with you might say that everyone looks for his benefits and if they don't want to, they have their full of freedom as they are who got tired for their money and wealth.
      I have a question for you. How do you convince these people that even though that, they still have part of responsibility for such issue?

      1. British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        amazing_reflection's comment 29 Apr 2022

        I think that responsibility will not come by asking anyone, that the humanity of a person is the one who determines his responsibilities towards those crises and problems, and the person feels that he can do something for these refugees, especially since he has a means for change, which is money. From the nightmare of asylum and its obstacles, we do not ask that they return them to their country, but rather to ease the burdens of their difficult life and help them to start over.

  • British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    27 Apr 2022

    For me, i believe that wealthy people are NOT responsible for donating some of their money, taking into consideration that they worked really hard and intense to gain them. For instance, Elon Musk stayed days and nights sleeping in his factory, after he had lots of rejected programs, same for Mark Zuckerburg.

    But, there's another way of looking at this question, that is as long as Wealthy people aren't losing so much of their wealth which affect their ability of living and purchasing they Must donate for poor people to help neutralize some how the differences between social layers, like they have to put theirselves in refugees' shoes who didn't have the opportunity to rwceive full education and excellance in their domains but wealthy's had that chances so by donating some they're also thanking God in a way.

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      trusting_pear's comment 28 Apr 2022

      I agree with you because the wealthy were at first ordinary people, then he began to strive without taking a break and stay up day and night to reach what they reached and then became rich
      Today, when I think of Zakat, as a deserved right that purifies the soul and supports brotherhood and solidarity among human beings, I can only think of refugees and displaced persons as one of the deserving groups who need it most. refugees with their zakat and alms and stressing the great positive impact of that

  • British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    28 Apr 2022

    I think they are not responsible for this, but they were generous to help refugees in their crises

  • St Michael's Middle School fair_donkey | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    29 Apr 2022

    I think that the richer people in our world could do more to donate and help refugees but I don't think they are responsible for them. The more money people donate to them, our world will be easier as these refugees may end up having food and a nice home to live in especially for children refugees as they have a their whole life ahead of them.

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    04 May 2022

    I do not agree with this view. Amazing reflection. Perhaps some of the rich were poor at some point, but because of their hard work and the correctness of their thinking, they reached what they are, everyone knows that he is not obliged to pay their money to refugees, but on the other hand and from a humanitarian point of view, this person can provide assistance by securing job opportunities that help them to Carry on with life as usual

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    04 May 2022

    I believe that rich people are not responsible for supporting refugees because they have earned their money by themselves and are not responsible for supporting refugees.
    Another way of looking at this question is that if rich people can give a little of their money to help refugees it will not affect them and it will help refugees who are really suffering. If they can donate some of their riches it will go a long way in supporting refugees.

  • British Council.jpg persuasive_flute | Dr. Nazih El Bizri High School | Lebanon
    05 May 2022

    You make money for the sake of survival as well as healthy and fulfilled living, to grasp at whatever your fingertips may seek. Let's say you acquire that amount, you then begin to reap more. You'd like to broaden your horizons better, your wants and needs and desires expand, and so you work even harder. You spend a lifetime slaving for money for the sake of beginning to live that very same life, but you're not really living it, are you? You're just chasing it the only way you know how. Now let's say you've got enormous, incomprehensible amounts - and I'm not talking ordinary rich, I speak of the rich that's enough to find generations upon generations following your passing. Your kids, their kids, their kids, &c. A portion of this money, therefore, would not make a vast difference to the people who'd acquired it, it only means that they wouldn't have access to it in the same abundance, but it's undebatable that it would still be very, very abundant. If we're talking about the richest people out there, it would cost them close to nothing to pay a fraction of their mountainous monthly salaries in aid of the starving, the frail and dying, the displaced and homeless, the non-resourceful and mourning. It is thus not only preferred, but expected, since it would be a step towards restoration of balance amongst societies.

  • British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    18 May 2022

    This question is linked to a question i answered on topical talk in a previous headline " Are billionares responsible for refugees". The link is that billionares are the richest people of the world as this post is discussing if rich are responsible and that if billionares. Then, the two questions seems to be similar.

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