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Shame: Over 60 million displaced forcefully in 2015; 1 in every 122 people is now a refugee

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 1:54 IST

2015 is likely to exceed all previous records of global displacement with at least five million people forced to flee their homes in the first half of the year, according to the UNHCR's Mid-Year Trends 2015 report covering the period from January to end-June.

  • The global refugee total crossed the 20 million threshold for the first time since 1992.
  • The number of internally displaced people spiked by two million taking the number to 34 million.
  • The number of internally displaced people spiked by two million taking the number to 34 million.
  • The number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 rose to 59.5 million - compared to 51.2 million in 2013 and 37.5 million a decade ago.
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One in every 122 humans is now a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum

  • By the end of 2015, worldwide forced displacement will have exceeded 60 million for the first time ever.
  • This includes refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs who are also beyond UNHCR's mandate.

  • Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world's 24th biggest, the report said.

Voluntary return rates lower

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  • In the first six months of 2015, Germany was the world's biggest recipient of new asylum seekers - with a reported 159,000 applications, close to the total for all of 2014.
  • Voluntary return rates are at the lowest in the last 30 years - having fallen by 20 per cent from 2014.
  • The number of new refugees have gone up considerably. 839,000 new people have been labeled refugees in the six months of the report.

The exodus

  • This is an average of 4,600 people forced to flee their homes everyday - with Syria being the biggest generator of such refugees.
  • Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan were the top five refugee generating countries in the first half of 2015.
  • Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran and Ethiopia were the top five refugee hosting countries in the first half of 2015.

First published: 19 December 2015, 2:23 IST
 
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