2016 marked ‘historic high’ for refugees
A NEW UN refugee report has revealed that 2016 marked a historic high in the global refugee population, with one person becoming newly displaced about every 3 seconds throughout the year.
The annual Global Trends report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees noted that 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced in 2016 as a result of war, violence and persecution worldwide, some 300 000 more than a year earlier.
The conflict in Syria remained the biggest cause of refugees, although South Sudan where peace efforts broke down in July, represents a major new source of refugees 1.87 million fled their homes there.
The vast majority of the refugees were 40.3 million people displaced inside their own countries, mainly in Syria, Iraq and Colombia.
A total of 2.8 million asylum seekers fled their home countries.
Children, who make up half the world’s refugees, continued to bear a disproportionate burden of the suffering because of their vulnerability. A total of 75000 asylum claims were received from children travelling alone or separated from their parents.–