Homelessness: A Global Issue
Homelessness is a global issue that has been increasing at an alarming rate. According to estimates, each night, nearly 150 million people around the world are homeless. Some are forced into homelessness due to economic or personal circumstances, while others are victims of natural disasters or cultural or societal upheavals.
Nationality and Homelessness
Among the various factors that contribute to homelessness, nationality is one of the significant ones. While people worldwide are vulnerable to homelessness, certain nationalities are more prone to it than others. Shocking statistics reveal that the citizens of some countries are at greater risk of homelessness than others.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reveals that the top three nationalities that account for the majority of the homeless population in the country are African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. African Americans are 50% more likely to experience homelessness than any other race or ethnic group in the country.
Foreign-born citizens are more prone to experiencing homelessness than their UK-born counterparts. In Australia, the top three nationalities with the highest number of homeless individuals are Indigenous Australians, Pacific Islanders, and those born in New Zealand. Canada\’s indigenous population accounts for only 5% of the country\’s overall population, but they make up more than 30% of the homeless population.
The Importance of Addressing Homelessness
While these statistics may vary depending on the sources, what cannot be denied is that homelessness is a widespread global issue. Several factors influence a person\’s risk of experiencing homelessness, such as poverty, unemployment, addiction, physical and mental health issues, and domestic conflicts.
However, nationalities must not be overlooked as a contributing factor when examining the root causes of the problem. Governments, communities, and individuals have a shared responsibility to ensure that everyone has access to adequate and safe housing, and that nationalities should not be a barrier to receiving help. Homelessness is not just a lack of shelter but also a violation of human rights.
It is up to governments, communities, and individuals to prioritize housing and support for the most vulnerable members of society and to work together to make homelessness a thing of the past. Homelessness should be addressed within a context of social justice. It is unacceptable that anyone should have to experience homelessness, and nationalities must not be a contributing factor to the issue.