Who are refugees today?
10 shocking facts about the world’s refugee crisis:
- There are 26 million refugees globally
- Half of the world’s refugees are children
- 85% of refugees are being hosted in developing countries
- Lebanon hosts the largest number of refugees per capita.
- The Palestinian refugee crisis is the longest running refugee crisis in the world
- The majority of refugees come from just five countries: Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar.
- Syria has been the main country of origin for refugees since 2014 and at the end of 2019, there were 6.6 million Syrian refugees hosted by 126 countries worldwide.
- The international community, and in particular wealthy nations, are failing to meaningfully share the responsibility for protecting people who have fled their homes in search of safety.
- Instead, lower- and middle-income countries are doing much more than their fair share — hosting more than double the number of refugees that high-income countries are.
- The refugee crisis is a human crisis: Behind the statistics are people filled with unique life experiences and dreams for the future. They are mothers longing to return home, fathers yearning to work again, children searching for a childhood. From as a little as £25 per month you can sponsor a refugee child and alleviate their suffering.
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