Refugees on the Run
The Large Number
- According to the UNHRC there are more than 59.5 million people who are forcibly displaced in the world today.
- “If this was the population of a country, it would be the world’s 24th largest country”.
- Most of these people are coming from countries that are currently developing, having war conflicts, and having poverty issues.
- Syria is currently the largest refugee producing country with more than 7 million displaced people.
- Every day last year, on average, 42,500 people became refugees, asylum seeks, or internally displaced.
- A large number of refugees are often forced to relocate from their homes due to war conflicts or natural disasters.
- At least 15 conflicts have erupted in the last 5 years that caused people to be forcibly displaced. (“Worldwide Displacement”).
- Millions of refugees face severe problems as they make their way, usually by foot, out of their country (“Our Refugee Crisis”).
- Refugees aren’t immediately granted asylum right away.
- Refugee camps aren’t always protecting, many women and girls face threats such as rape and abuse
Searching for Safety
- Most refugees flee to countries next to them or the closest that provides safety
- 95% of Syrian and Afghan refugees flee to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Iran
- Europe is also another safe land they consider, it’s the continent that is the closest to them that has a stable environment. But extremely little make it to Europe.