Worldwide Displacement Hits Record High 59.5 Million People Last Year

Posted: Jun 18 2015, 6:08am CDT | by , in Misc


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Worldwide Displacement Hits Record High 59.5 Million People Last Year
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  • About 60 million people were displaced worldwide in 2014 due to war!

According to the UNHCR- the UN refugee agency the worldwide displacement records reached all-time high and half of the displaced are children.

On Thursday the UNCHR released its data which showed nearly 60 million people around the world were forced to flee and migrate from their homes. The data shows the displacement rate near the end of 2014 was the highest ever recorded in history as more people seek refuge and safety from war and persecution.

According to the report more than 59.5 million people from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia have fled their homeland in a single year, showing a 5 million rise in refugee rate since 2013 and the rates will rise even more as matters worsen.

The most saddening part of the annual Global Trends report by UN was the fact half of the 60 million displaced from their homeland are children. The report suggests the refugee children are mostly belonging to economically less developed nations and are in dire need of aid.

"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," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

Previously a large portion of refugees were from areas such as Afghanistan and Somalia due to decades old conflicts however recently outbreaks of war and persecution have been on the rise.

The report further revealed about 42,500 people became refugee every day in 2014, which indicates a four times increase in refugees since the last four years. Approximately 38.2 million people are displaced only due to wars in Ukraine, South Sudan, Nigeria, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as about 15 major conflicts erupted internationally in 2014.

"It is terrifying that on the one hand there is more and more impunity for those starting conflicts, and on the other there is seeming utter inability of the international community to work together to stop wars and build and preserve peace," Guterres added.

As the displacement records increase 1 person in 122 people becomes a refugee. The refugee crisis has increasingly accelerated since 2011 with the war in Syria. Since then Syria has the world’s largest rate of population migration with people seeking asylum in more developed countries for safety and security.

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