Friday, December 18, 2015

Refugees and displaced persons break record at 60 million

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday issued a report, revealing that the number of people forcibly displaced around the world has "far surpassed" a record 60 million this past year.

No less than 20.2 million people fleeing war zones and persecution were among the number, signifying the highest such figure since 1992, reports Reuters. Another 34 million were internally displaced within their own countries by mid-year.

There are 2.5 million asylum requests pending, and the US, Germany and Russia received the lion's share of the one million new asylum claims from the first half of the year.
"2015 is on track to see worldwide forced displacement exceeding 60 million for the first time - 1 in every 122 humans is today someone who has been forced to flee their homes," the report said.
Yemen led in terms of newly internally displaced persons at 933,500, following the launch of a brutal civil war in March instigated by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. (READ MORE)