UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report: World at War, released on Thursday (June 18) is a document we all should read. The facts and figures about the human tragedy which takes place in the 21 century should be known by each of us. Nobody can say ‚I did not know.‘!
„Any way you look at it, the post-World War II era has never seen a refugee crisis on the scale of 2014.“
2014 the number of forcibly displaced persons was 59.5 million.
– More than half of refugees worldwide are children –
„The primary driver of this nearly unprecedented level of human suffering was the civil war in Syria, now in its fifth year. For more than 30 years, Afghanistan had been the world’s largest source of refugees, but in 2014 Syria overtook it to claim the top spot. By year’s end, 7.6 million Syrians had been displaced within the country’s borders. In 2014 alone, 1.55 million Syrians fled the country, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees to 3.9 million. Today, one out of every four refugees is Syrian.“
„Turkey is now home to the world’s single largest refugee population of 1.59 million.“
„The war has also contributed to Europe’s foremost refugee crisis: Of the 219,000 who attempted to cross the Mediterranean, nearly half were Syrians.“
„…the plight of the world’s refugee populations stands out as an enduring cause of human misery. Take all the world’s refugees, gather them together, and they’d constitute its 24th largest country. It’s a country that has no formal recognition in the international system — no seat at the U.N., no army to defend it, no shared territory. It only has a common history of suffering and neglect.“