Displacements reach all time high amid conflict
This is according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 65,3 million people were displaced as of the end of 2015, compared to 59,5 million just twelve months earlier.
This is the first time that the threshold of 60 million has been crossed. Children constituted 51 per cent of the world’s refugees.
“More people are being displaced by war and persecution and that’s worrying in itself, but the factors that endanger refugees are multiplying too,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
Grandi said at sea, an escalating number of refugees and migrants are dying each year; on land, people fleeing war are finding their way blocked by closed borders.
“Politics is gravitating against asylum in some countries. The willingness of nations to work together not just for refugees but for the collective human interest is what’s being tested today, and it’s this spirit of unity that badly needs to prevail.”
Sub-Saharan Africa had the largest displacement totals in 2015 after the Middle East and North Africa.
Conflict in South Sudan in 2015, as well as in Central African Republic and Somalia, plus new or continuing mass displacement in or from countries including Nigeria, Burundi, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique and elsewhere together produced 18,4 million refugees and internally displaced people as of year’s end.
Sub-Saharan Africa meanwhile hosted some 4,4 million refugees in all – more than any other region.
Five of the world’s top-10 hosting nations were African countries, led by Ethiopia, and followed by Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Chad.
– CAJ News
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