As of this week, there are roughly 60 million folks which were displaced by the use of conflict and mistreatment, a bunch that is far larger than that of a decade up to now.
United World areas Extreme Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres mentioned the emblem new resolve on Monday at a gathering in Geneva. According to AP, Guterres noted that the recent surge of refugees entering Europe has contributed to the problem.
The “interlinked mega-crises” in Iraq and Syria have uprooted 15 million people, he said. And in the last 12 months, 500,000 people have fled their homes in South Sudan, 190,000 in Burundi, 1.1 million in Yemen and 300,000 in Libya. Tens of thousands are fleeing gang violence in Central America. And there has been little or no improvement in the crises in Central African Republic, Nigeria, Ukraine and Congo, he said.
What’s more, ten years ago the number of refugees was at 38 million people, and that figure was on its way down.
Here’s a list of countries whose total population is approximately equal to the number of migrants living in the world right now:
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
“To be honest, in these circumstances, I would probably do the same with my own family,” he said.
h/t Associated Press
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