Worldwide Displacement Hits New High, UNHCR reports

World | June 18, 2015, Thursday // 12:57|  views

A Syrian refugee family sits near the Syrian-Turkish border in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, south-eastern Turkey, 16 June 2015. Photo: EPA/BGNES

Conflicts and violence across the world have increased the number of people forced to leave their homes to the record 60 million on a global scale, as reported by the UN.

The number of people going away from their homes has increased by 8,3 million since 2013, marking the biggest increase in history, according to a recent UNHCR global trends report, entitled ''World at War''.

The data revealed the fact that the majority of refugees across the world are children, as the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have caused 15 million people to flee from their homes over the past several years.

"We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ant?nio Guterres.

Meanwhile, the report revealed that Syria is the biggest producer of internally displaced people with 7.6 million, the second place is taken up by Afghanistan with 2.59 million and Somalia comes in third with 1.1 million people.

Additionally, the conflict in Ukraine has put Europe in an extremely vulnerable position.

Unfortunately, the majority of displaced people were not able to return safely to their homes and most seem unlikely to be able to do so in the upcoming months. 

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Tags: UNHCR, refugees, Syria, Ukraine, conflict, displacement, global trends, Ant?nio Guterres, europe


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