World Displacement Reaches New High

World Displacement Reaches New High

PHOTO CREDIT: FLICKR / UNHCR

PHOTO CREDIT: FLICKR / UNHCR

In 2014, the number of people displaced worldwide is 59.5 million people, rising from 51.2 million in 2013. Photo credit: UNHCR

In 2014, the number of people displaced worldwide is 59.5 million people, rising from 51.2 million in 2013. Photo credit: UNHCR

The number of displaced people worldwide is now higher than any time before in recorded history, a recent United Nations Refugee Agency report said.

The reason behind the increase, according to the report, is the upsurge in violent wars and ethnic persecution in different parts of the globe.

We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement [...] is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before.
— Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner
Chart showing Lebanon as the country with the most refugees per capita. Photo credit: Forbes

Chart showing Lebanon as the country with the most refugees per capita. Photo credit: Forbes

What’s more alarming, as the report showed, is that half of the world’s refugees are children.
“We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before,” António Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said.

Lebanon, a small country bordering Syria in the eastern shore of the Mediterranean, is by far the biggest host of refugees per capita. Hosting now around a million and a half refugees, Lebanon has been receiving flocks of Syrian refugees for the past five years due to the ongoing armed conflict in their country. But Turkey has, in total, the highest number of refugees.

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The report also showed that “one in every 122 humans globally is either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the 24th biggest in the world.”

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