Europe on top
Switzerland was ranked first in the KPMG "Readiness for Change Index", which measures the ability of 136 countries to respond to changes and long-term trends such as natural disasters, economic crises and consequences. of Climate Change, while Syria and Somalia are at the bottom of the list. "The countries that tend to be best prepared to deal with change in general are the ones with a more inclusive approach to growth," said Trevor Davies, head of KPMG's International Development Assistance Services, adding that: "There is every and more expectations of citizens to be better educated, better informed, more committed and greater equity ”.
The accounting and advisory firm's biennial index analyzes the capabilities of business, government, and civil society, and its findings highlight areas that need improvement and that can potentially be helped by policy makers, businesses, and other donors. When it comes to migration in general, national income alone is not a clear indicator of a country's ability to accommodate newcomers and he reports citing Spain (ranked 27) and Greece ( at 54).
Among the countries that are not prepared to receive refugees of any kind (political and / or climatic), Jordan and Lebanon stand out, which lack the capacity to absorb extra population; This would also represent a serious problem for other nations such as Chad (position 134) or Sudan (133).
Africa, Latam and Asia
Among the African countries, Rwanda is the one that has had the best position, since it has achieved an important recovery and political stability, which have placed it in 43rd place, even above Greece.
Nigeria's abundance of oil demonstrated that "wealth in itself is not enough" to prepare countries for Climate Change, "said Davies, noting that:" the country has failed to reduce poverty, or create enough jobs for its growing population, which is why it is located in position 120 ".
"High levels of inequality limit the ability of Latin American countries to respond to shocks," Davies said. While Chile (24th) and Uruguay (29th) ranked in the top 30, Mexico barely reached 71st, Brazil 79th, and Haiti 123rd.
In Asia, Singapore fell from the world's No. 1 position to No. 4, while Japan was 21st and China 36th, proving the theory that a flourishing economy helps, but is not what makes the difference; Afghanistan ranks lowest among Asian countries and ranks 127th.
"While the business sector in Asia is strong, countries need to ensure that benefits are distributed more equitably across society," Davies said. "The region faces difficult demographic challenges, with a serious aging population in Japan and India growing by the day," he concluded.