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Refugees in the world

To address the global refugee situation, we refer to UNHCR's annual Global Trends report, which looks at forced displacement on the planet based on data from governments, and UNHCR's own information. This 2016 report shows a chilling data on the movement of people worldwide, 65.6 million people were displaced in late 2016. Of these 65.6 million displaced persons, 22.5 million were refugees, 40.3 million internally displaced persons and 2.8 million asylum seekers.

Let's clarify these terms that sometimes lead to confusion:

"Asylum seeker" is the person who requests the recognition of refugee status and whose application has not yet been definitively resolved.

Internally displaced persons: they do not cross international borders in search of security and protection, but remain within their own country. The main causes are armed conflict and violence; today there are displaced people in 56 countries and territories. The difference with refugees is that internally displaced persons remain under the protection of their government, even in cases where the government itself becomes one of the causes of their flight.

Another interesting term that should be known is that of stateless person means any person who is not considered as a national by any State under its law.

In Europe, despite the social alarmism, the number of refugees welcomed reaches approximately 1,250,000 all countries, far compared to other countries many smaller. Globally, Turkey is the largest host country, with 2.9 million refugees. With around a refugee every six citizens, Lebanon welcomes refugees 1,000,000, 1,400,000 welcomes Pakistan, Iran nearly one million, topped the list of countries that host them.

Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Leganés

Published: Tue, 03/10/2017 - 11:48

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