“War, violence and persecution worldwide are causing more people than ever to be forcibly displaced,” says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) new Global Trends Report 2016, published on June 19.
The report, the organization’s major annual survey of the state of displacement, says that 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide by the end of 2016 — some 300,000 more than a year earlier.
The UNHCR says this adds up to an immense human cost of war and persecution globally. On average, one in every 113 people is displaced – equivalent to a population bigger than that of the United Kingdom, the world’s 21st most populous country.
“By any measure this is an unacceptable number, and it speaks louder than ever to the need for solidarity and common purpose in preventing and resolving crises, and ensuring together that the world’s refugees, internally displaced and asylum seekers are properly protected and cared for while solutions are pursued,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “We have to do better for these people. For a world in conflict, what is needed is determination and courage, not fear.” Credit: UNHCR via Storyful