1 Person Gets Displaced Every 3 Seconds: UN Refugee Agency
The devastating conflict, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan have left a record 65.6 million people forced to flee their homes by the end of 2016, he said on Monday.
This number marks a jump of only 300,000 by the end of 2015, but reached more than six million more than at the end of 2014, according to a new report published by the UN refugee agency. It is “the highest number since we started recording these numbers,” UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi told reporters before the report was released.
“By any measure, this is an unacceptable number, and speaks more than ever of the need for solidarity and common purpose in crisis prevention and resolution,” he said.
Figures released before World Refugee Day showed that 10.3 million displaced people worldwide fled their homes last year, including 3.4 million who have crossed international borders to become refugees.
“Every three seconds”
“This amounts to a person who moves every three seconds – less than the time needed to read this sentence,” UNHCR said in a statement.
Most people have been forced to flee their homes in their own countries and are defined as internally displaced or internally displaced persons.
By the end of 2016, there were approximately 40.3 million displaced people worldwide, slightly below the previous year’s 40.8 million, Syria, Iraq and Colombia, representing many.
Another 22.5 million people – half of them children – were registered as refugees last year, according to the UNHCR report, noting that it is “the highest level ever recorded.”
The six-year conflict in Syria has sent more than 5.5 million people seeking security in other countries, including 825,000 years ago, making it the world’s largest producer of refugees.
With 6.3 million Syrians displaced inside the country, these figures show that nearly two-thirds of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes, according to the report.
Like the Syrian civil war, funding desperately in need of humanitarian aid in the country has begun to decline, Grandi said, regretting that very few of the one billion pledged at an international donor conference in Brussels in April had materialized so far.
The Syrian conflict, which killed more than 320,000 people, “becomes a forgotten crisis,” he warned.
The UN chief for refugees expressed more alarm at the rapid deterioration of the situation in southern Sudan, who said that now “the refugee crisis and displacement crises are getting stronger in the world.”
The civil war in southern Sudan, which began in December 2013, has left tens of thousands dead and forced a total of 3.7 million people from their homes – nearly a third of the population.
Overall, the refugee population in the world’s youngest country has increased 85% last year to reach 1.4 million by the end of 2016, according to the UNHCR statement.
And that number has been inflated by another half a million people since then, according to the agency, noting that most of the refugees had left the “disastrous catastrophe of peace efforts” in July.
Syria and South Sudan were far from the only country where people were plucked en masse, Monday’s report also showed a large-scale displacement in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan to name a few.
And nearly 70 years after Palestinians fled Israel today, about 5.3 million Palestinians live as refugees, the highest level recorded previously, said UNHCR ….