World Refugee Day

Each year on the 20th of June, the United Nations Refugee Agency  and countless civic groups around the world host World Refugee Day events in order to draw the public’s attention to the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution. 

World refugee infographic

World refugee infographic

Here are the top 10 Global Refugee Facts from

1. In 2014, global displacement reached historic levels: 59.5 million people were forced to flee their homes: roughly the same number of people in Britain. If these people made up their own country, it would be the 24th largest nation in the world.

2. In 2014 alone, 8.3 million people were forced to flee: the highest annual increase on record.

3. That means that 42,500 people were forced to leave their homes every day because of conflict or persecution.

4. Of these people, 19.5 million are refugees, 1.8 million are asylum seekers and 38.2 million were internally displaced within their own country.

5. 86% of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries.

6. Britain is home to just 0.6% of the world’s refugees.

7. More than half (53%) of the world’s refugees are from just three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.The largest source of the world’s refugees is Syria. One in five displaced persons is from Syria.

8. The top 5 host countries for refugees are:

  • Turkey
  • Pakistan
  • Lebanon
  • Iran
  • Ethiopia

9. More than half of the world’s refugees are children (51%): the highest figure in over a decade.

10. In 2014, 34,300 asylum claims were made by unaccompanied children: the highest number since records began. Most of the children were Afghan, Eritrean, Syrian or Somali.

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Min-Ku is currently studying Global Business and Digital Arts at the University of Waterloo. He is passionate about graphic design and user experience. He likes to play around in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop and do some experiments with new tools and techniques. When he is not working on his noisy laptop, he enjoys taking pictures and exploring new places and food.

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