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Catastrophes aside, the economic and political inhospitableness of these countries creates a welfare burden on the industrialized democracies through large wealth transfers in the form of aid and concessionary loans granted directly by developed countries and indirectly through international agencies, as well as through migration of persons fleeing destitution and oppression at home.
The cosmopolitan aspect of the city that we so much celebrate, can, it seems, create an inhospitableness, or perhaps just a disinterest in others.
These environmentalists don't believe that the grand schemes for northern agriculture will ever succeed because of the capricious climate, the rotten soils, and the sheer environmental inhospitableness of the place.