June 20th World Refugee Day
Pray for the millions displaced by strife and famine around the world that they will be sustained during these difficult times, and realize their dream of returning soon to their homelands.
The U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) conducts studies every year to find out the number of forcibly displaced people and also other related information about refugees. Here are some relevant facts about such people.
The U.N. Refugee Agency's 2016 Global Trends study found that 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2016, which is a record high. The number in 2016 is higher than the population of and about 300,000 more than the number of people displaced in 2015. In 1997, the number of people displaced was 33.9 million.
In 2014, 34,300 asylum claims were made by unaccompanied children, the highest since refugee records began being made after the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention.
The top 5 host countries for refugees were Ethiopia, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon and Turkey, according to the 2014 Global Trends study.
U.K. was home to just 0.6 percent of the world’s refugees, according to the 2014 report.
The conflict in Syria was the world’s biggest source of refugees in 2016, forcing 5.5 million people to leave the Middle Eastern country.
AFJN will be commemorating World Refugee Day, June 20th, by sharing facts, stories, and ways to help refugees and internally displaces persons (IDPs). The terms immigrant, refugee, and IDP are easily confused, but the differences in categorization have huge impacts on the assistance the victims receive and the conditions they face. While both refugees and IDPs are fleeing some conflict or disaster in their home, refugees have successfully crossed international borders whereas IDPs are seeking refuge inside their own country and are not owed the same protections by the UN and the international community. Immigrants, like refugees, have crossed international borders, but they have left their home willingly instead of being forced to flee because of instability. Additionally, immigrants intend to seek permanent residence in their new country. With over 26% of all refugees and 30% of all IDPs located in Sub-Saharan Africa, this is a cause near and dear to us. Refugees and IDPs are populations that are often spotlighted in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, yet their plight far extends the length of international interest. They deserve our support and prayers today and every day. Pope Francis’ belief that “Our shared response may be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate,” best articulate our duty to refugees and IDPs around the world. Check our Twitter and Facebook pages along with the hashtag #WithRefugees throughout the day to stay informed and for ways you can help!
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