Kenyans more concerned about hunger than salary disparities – research

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Kenyans are more concerned about hunger and disparity between the poor and rich as the most pressing humanitarian challenges they are facing right now, a global research has revealed.

According to the 2017 Aurora Humanitarian Index, asked to choose from hunger, income inequality, terrorism and forced migration, 67% of Kenyans approached to respond to the research say hunger and food insecurity is a course of concern.

Another 61% feel that the gap between the rich and the poor in the country is a cancer to humanity, while 60% see the terrorism menace as a humanitarian threat.

Perhaps hunger is truly a course of concern as in February 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared drought facing most parts of the country a national disaster, calling upon both local and international partners to come in and support the government in feeding the more than 2.7 million people facing hunger threat.

The research also reveals that Kenya is one of the most welcoming countries in the world.

A record 87% of those polled said that they are ready to welcome refugees even when only 37% of people globally are ready to do so.

Based on the research, majority of Kenyans share the school of thought that refugees or people forced to flee their countries because of wars deserve a second chance in another country, although 59% of them are advising the government to critically judge application for refugee registration status as some of them could be a threat to national security.

However, 63% of them feel that the country has taken in too many refugees and that some of them have betrayed the country and detoriarated ‘our culture’.

Described as one of the technological hubs in Africa, 44% of Kenyans​ are of the opinion that immigrants add value to a country’s economy including creating new jobs and paying taxes therefore should be given legal and employment rights and protection.

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