Posted by Guest on June 20, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

Today, we celebrate World Refugee Day in an effort to raise awareness about the growing crises around the world. Last year, the number of forcibly displaced people in the world increased due to “persecution, conflict, or generalized violence.” It now sits at 68.5 million, a new record high. The majority of refugees came from the Syrian Arab Republic, Palestine, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Myanmar, Eritrea, and Burundi.

 

Origin

Number of Refugees:

Number of People in Refugee-like Situations:

Total Refugees and People in Refugee-like Situations:

Syrian Arab Republic:

6,290,908

17,747

6,308,655

Palestine:*

5,340,443

-

5,340,443

Afghanistan:

2,621,091

3,175

2,624,266

South Sudan:

2,439,848

59

2,439,907

Somalia:

986,382

15

986,397

Sudan:

691,430

3,128

694,558

Democratic Republic of Congo:

611,875

8,936

620,811

Central African Republic:

545,525

-

545,525

Myanmar:

1,106,555

50,188

1,156,743

Eritrea:

464,136

22,081

486,217

Burundi:

439,329

-

439,329

Total, among top 10 countries:

16,197,079

210,658

16,407,737

Other Refugees:

3,420,003

113,607

3,533,610

Figures as end of 2017 provided by the UNHCR Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2017 Report

*Palestinian refugees are under the mandate of the UNRWA and are not counted toward the total refugee count above.

Allison Ulven is a Summer 2018 intern at the Arab American Institute. 

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