Just the Facts – Refugees

  • There are 25.9 million refugees worldwide, half of them children.  Refugees are people forced to flee their country because of violence or persecution.
  • An additional 41.3 million people are internally displaced, meaning they were forced to flee their home but did not cross an international border.
  • And … every day, 37,000 additional people are forced to flee their homes.
  • Every year, refugees walk over 1.2 billion miles in search of safety.
  • Over half of all refugees are hosted by only 10 countries, including some of the poorest countries in the world, such as Sudan, Uganda and Pakistan.
  • In fiscal year 2018, the U.S. admitted only 22,491 refugees.  In October 2019, the U.S. admitted zero refugees for the first time in the 30 years in which monthly records have been kept.

To help refugees this holiday season:

Sources:  https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/refugees-asylum-seekers-and-migrants/global-refugee-crisis-statistics-and-facts/ and https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.html and The Nation.

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