2016 marked ‘his­toric high’ for refugees

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - Xin­hua

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.–

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