EU Leads Efforts to Help 65.6 Million Displaced People Worldwide

CARLO HERMANN

Global displacement hits record high due to war, persecution - UN

The U.N. refugee agency said the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes hit a new record high in 2016, reaching 65.6 million.

The UN refugee agency's Global Trends Report, published ahead of World Refugee Day tomorrow, found that the number of displaced people worldwide rose by 300,000 over the previous year.

That number marks a jump of just 300,000 from the end of 2015, but is more than six million higher than at the end of 2014, according to a report published by the United Nations refugee agency. While the 2016 total is high - representing an enormous number of people needing protection worldwide - it also shows that growth in displacement slowed a year ago.

While Syria has the largest displaced population at 12 million, South Sudan has the world's fastest growing refugee crisis, with 3.3 million displaced at the end of 2016. "Forced Displacements in 2016", released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that 20 people are newly displaced every minute or one person every three seconds. He was pointing out that it's actually a matter of global law, that there are laws in place that people who have fled their country who are stateless are guaranteed protection under worldwide law. These people are classified as internally displaced people. This is the highest number since the UNHCR started their yearly reports.

In addition, the figure "illustrates the need for countries and communities supporting refugees and other displaced people to be robustly resourced and supported", UNHCR said, warning that the absence can create instability in the host countries.

In fact, 84 percent of refugees are hosted in the world's developing regions: Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Uganda, and Ethiopia are the top hosts, respectively. He called the figures a failure of diplomacy, reports BBC News.

The refugee agency estimated that at least 10 million people around the world were without a nationality or at risk of statelessness at the end of 2016.

"We have to do better for these people", Grandi said.

"Tragically, 75,000 asylum claims were received from children traveling alone or separated from their parent", the report noted.

In a statement marking World Refugee Day, Grandi said the uncertainties of today's world could make people want to shut their eyes to the plight of those displaced by war, persecution and violence.

BEAUBIEN: Again, the United Nations secretary-general again today - you know, he was urging countries to accept more refugees. There are now 1.4 million South Sudanese refugees overseas, along with 1.9 million internally displaced people.

Idoko said the society needed to provide the displaced persons with opportunities to rebuild their lives, reintegrate and facilitate their economic rehabilitation to enable them return to normalcy. The report attributed that slight reduction in part to people who had returned to their homes, offsetting the number of new people who had fled.

Conflict and violence led to more displacements of people in countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ukraine.

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