Global Refugee Crisis
Message of Hope to World Leaders
Former refugees of World War II and current refugees of Syria War have strong messages of hope for world leaders tackling the refugee crisis.
The Worst Refugee Crisis in History
Every minute, 24 people around the world are forced to flee their homes. That’s 34,000 people a day who leave everything behind in the hope of finding safety and a better tomorrow.
THERE ARE 70 MILLION REFUGEES IN THE WORLD TODAY
Who is a refugee?
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.
Who is an internally displaced person?
An internally displaced person (IDP) is a person who has been forced to flee his or her home for the same reason as a refugee, but remains in his or her own country and has not crossed an international border. Unlike refugees, IDPs are not protected by international law or eligible to receive many types of aid.
Who is an asylum seeker?
When people flee their own country and seek sanctuary in another country, they apply for asylum - the right to be recognized as a refugee and receive legal protection and material assistance. An asylum seeker must demonstrate that his or her fear of persecution in his or her home country is well-founded.
Who is a stateless person?
A stateless person is someone who is not a citizen of any country. A person can become stateless due to a variety of reasons, including sovereign, legal, technical or administrative decisions or oversights.
Who is not legally recognized as a refugee?
People who leave their homes and cross international borders due to natural disasters, climate change or environmental factors are not considered refugees. In addition, people who leave their homes and cross international borders due to severe situations, such as a lack of food (including famine), water, education, health care and a livelihood, are not legally-recognized refugees. The United Nations states, "All of these emerging trends pose enormous challenges for the international humanitarian community. The threat of continued massive displacement is real, and the world must be prepared to deal with it. Recognizing this, the United Nations - and UNHCR in particular - have already begun reviewing priorities, partners and methods of work in dealing with the new dynamics of human displacement."
Example of this is the current El Nino food crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Global Hunger Crisis
Prolonged drought, violence and insecurity have displaced millions.
Global Refugee Crisis - Dadaab
Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee camp.
Global Refugee Crisis - Myanmar
906,000 people and counting have fled violence in Myanmar.
Global Refugee Crisis - South Sudan
Civil war has displaced more than two million people.
Global Refugee Crisis - Syria
Over five years of war has forced nearly five million people to flee Syria.
Global Refugee Crisis - Yemen
The country faces a triple threat of conflict, famine and cholera.