Top 10 global facts about refugees. Today the UN's Refugee Agency UNHCR have published their annual analysis of global forced displacement, revealing shocking numbers of people who have been forced to flee their homes.
Here are top 10 stand out facts. 1. In 2014, global displacement reached historic levels: 59.5 million people were forced to flee their homes: roughly the same number of people in Britain. If these people made up their own country, it would be the 24th largest nation in the world. 2. 3. 4. 5. 86% of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries.
Refugees. Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers: what's the difference? In the current migration crisis, the terms “migrant”, “refugee” and less commonly “asylum seeker” are used daily to mean one and the same thing.
Each term, however, has a distinct meaning that carries different international obligations and consequences. If conflated, it can mean the difference between life and death. So what are thoe differences? Migrant At its simplest, a migrant is someone who moves from one place to another in order to live in another country for more than a year. The are many reasons that people become migrants, but those who move to work or seek a better life are generally termed economic migrants. Migrants from outside the EU are subject to immigration controls and may need a visa to enter certain countries, including Britain. Once migrants arrive in a country such as Britain there is little agreement over what the word covers.
Refugee Asylum seeker. Asylum Seekers and Refugees. We hear a lot about ‘Asylum Seekers’, ‘Refugees’ and ‘Economic Migrants’ in the UK.
One problem is that terms like these are often used wrongly, because people do not know what they mean or can mean. The rules and definitions come from a document called the 1951 Geneva Convention (Refugee Convention) where a refugee is defined as a person who… …owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence … is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), The sea route to Europe: The Mediterranean passage in the age of refugees , 1 July 2015 All of these countries are suffering from war. Death at Sea. The UN “disappears” 50 million climate refugees, then botches the disappearing attempt. Hoo boy, government bureaucratic idiocy at its finest.
The Sixth First Climate Refugees. Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach.
Growing up in the world's largest refugee camp. Story highlights One day in 1991, gunmen from the Hawiye clan attacked my father’s shop in Qoryooley, a city in southern Somalia.
When my father, who belonged to one of the main clans fighting the Hawiye escaped, he told us we had to flee. My parents later told me that gunmen from a coalition of clans had killed many people and looted the town on several occasions. I was just three, so this was all recounted to me by my parents. But we got into a car, and after driving for about five days, we arrived at the city of Ogorchi Libo in northeastern Kenya. Educating Refugees and IDPs. Fifty Largest Refugee Camps. Hagadera Camp, Dadaab.
Photo UNHCR/B.Heger The legacy of the world’s conflicts can be seen in the scores of camps for refugees around the world. This story profiles the 50 most populous settlements administered by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Contrary to popular belief, many of these settlements are far from temporary, and most of the largest ones are in Africa and South Asia. WHAT’S IN MY BAG? – Uprooted – Medium. This year, nearly 100,000 men, women and children from war-torn countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia have fled their homes and traveled by rubber dinghies across the Aegean Sea to Lesbos, Greece.
Refugees travel light, for their trek is as dangerous as it is arduous. They are detained, shot at, hungry. Smugglers routinely exploit them, promising safety for a price, only to squeeze them like sardines into tiny boats. Most have no option but to shed whatever meager belongings they may have salvaged from their journeys. Those allowed to bring extra baggage aboard often toss it overboard, frantically dumping extra weight as the leaky boats take on water. The Arrival - Motion Graphics (Book by Shaun Tan) BBC Two - Seeking Refuge - Clips. The Syrian refugee crisis in numbers. Syrian Journey: Choose your own escape route.
The Syrian conflict has torn the country apart, leaving thousands dead and driving millions to flee their homes. Many seek refuge in neighbouring countries but others pay traffickers to take them to Europe - risking death, capture and deportation. If you were fleeing Syria for Europe, what choices would you make for you and your family? Take our journey to understand the real dilemmas the refugees face. The routes, options and outcomes in this Syrian Journey feature were based on real stories uncovered by extensive research as part of a BBC Arabic digital project exploring migration from Syria.