Friday, December 18, 2015

World's refugees and displaced exceed record 60 million

mainly driven by Syrian conflict ...

Reuters: “("2015 is on track to see worldwide forced displacement exceeding 60 million for the first time — one in every 122 humans is today someone who has been forced to flee their homes,") the [UN} report said.

The total figure at the end of 2014 was 59.5 million. An estimated 34 million people were internally displaced as of mid­year,about 2 million more than the same time in 2014…

Together, nationals of Syria and Ukraine, where a separatist rebellion in the east erupted in April 2014, accounted for half of the 839,000 people who became refugees in the first half of 2015, it said.

Violence in Afghanistan, Somalia and South Sudan sparked large refugee movements, as well as fighting in Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq.

Voluntary returns — a measure of how many refugees can safely go back home — are at their lowest levels in more than three decades, with only 84,000 people returning by mid-year against 107,000 at the same time a year before, the UNHCR [UN High Commissioner for Refugees] said.

Many refugees will live in exile for years to come, it said. ("In effect, if you become a refugee today your chances of going home are lower than at any time in more than 30 years.") … “

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