UN Says 20 People Become Refugees Every 60 Seconds

UN Says 20 People Become Refugees Every 60 Seconds

Of the 65.6 million people that were found displaced previous year, the report notes that 10.3 million were newly displaced, which equates to one person becoming uprooted every three seconds.

According to the United Nations, more than millions people are displaced by the war and violence, of which 33 million are internally displaced and the other 17 million are refugees.

According to the report, Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees at 2.9 million, followed by Pakistan, and then Lebanon.

Almost all of the biggest refugee hosts are developing countries, the UNHCR report shows.

Evacuees make bread inside a refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq, for people who fled from Mosul due to fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants. It found an average of 20 people were driven out from their homes every minute a year ago, the refugee agency said.

Despite the decrease, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has termed it as a "disappointing failure" of the UN legateship.

Syria accounts for by far the largest share of total displaced persons worldwide, with a total of 12 million people displaced internally or living outside the country as refugees.

Uganda received 532,725 new refugees past year, and was the country receiving the largest number of refugees worldwide.

The internal strife in South Sudan has become the source of the fastest-growing displacement crisis in the world.

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He also called for properly protecting and caring for the world's refugees, internally displaced and asylum-seekers - who now number 22.5 million, 40.3 million, and 2.8 million, respectively.

Tens of thousands have been killed and close to 1.8 million forced into exile since South Sudan's on-off conflict began in December 2013.

About 84 per cent of the people were in low- or middle-income countries as of end 2016. Syria, Iraq, and the still very significant displacement inside Colombia were the biggest internal displacement situations, nonetheless the problem of internal displacement is a worldwide one and accounts for nearly two thirds of the global forced displacement total. Some 37 countries together accepted 189,300 refugees for resettlement.

She also visited Jonglei region in the northeast of the country, where she observed the World Food Programme's humanitarian relief operations and spoke with local civilians, especially women, affected by the crisis, Global Affairs said in a statement.

Over 5.5 million people face severe food insecurity, with an estimated 100,000 of them facing starvation, according to United Nations estimates.

According to a report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an increase of 3,00,000 refugees was seen in 2016 as compared to 2015.

The World Bank has joined the bandwagon by financing a special economic zone in Jordan to employ Syrian refugees and teach them new skills.

He said about 2,000 people crossed the border from South Sudan into Uganda each day over the last twelve months.

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