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Governments are letting big business off the hook when it comes to paying the billions they owe in tax, Oxfam said in reaction to the latest decision of the European Commission on Luxembourg's tax deal with online retailer Amazon.
In response to the European Commission’s statement today on creating safe and regular pathways for migrants, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Campaign Manager, Claire Seaward, said:
At the meeting of the European Council in Tallinn today France, Germany, Italy and Spain called for an agreement on new measures to tax tech giants, like Google and Amazon. Currently, disparate tax laws allow large companies to pay disproportionately low effective tax rates in the EU.
New United Nations numbers show hunger affecting 11 percent of the world’s population.
World Economic Forum’s Human Capital Report demonstrates the need for a massive increase in funding for public education to close the growing gap between rich and poor and build a workforce that is fit for the future.
Responding to President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker’s State of the Union address, Oxfam said there is no way to end irregular migration if there are no legal and safe channels, and tax dodging must become a thing of the past.
Over 380,000 children under five are at risk of dying from a lethal combination of severe hunger and deadly diseases becuase of acute malnutrition.
European leaders meeting today at the Paris migration summit continue to present migration as a threat rather than recognizing its benefits.
“This is very troubling news, but sadly it’s part of a dangerous trend. All over the world we’re seeing a new rush for land, often with deadly consequences for local rights defenders," said Rashmi Mistry, head of Oxfam's GROW campaign.
Uganda’s open-door policy to refugees has provided protection for one million South Sudanese - the third-largest population of refugees in the world.