Record High of Refugees

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Designed by Emeline Hardy (Amel Communication Department)

During 2016, 10.3 million people were newly displaced by conflict or persecution. This included 6.9 million individuals displaced within the borders of their own countries and 3.4 million new refugees and new asylum-seekers. So as a result of conflict or persecution, it is assumed that 28 300 people are forcibly displaced every day, which makes 20 displaced individuals every minute.

UNHCR point out that over the past two decades, the global population of forcibly displaced people has grown substantially from 33.9 million in 1997 to 65.6 million in 2017, and it remains at a record high. The growth was concentrated between 2012 and 2015, driven mainly by the Syrian conflict along with other conflicts in the region such as in Iraq and Yemen, as well as in sub-Saharan Africa including Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and Sudan.

Designed by Emeline Hardy (Amel Communication Department)