20 June is World Refugee Day. This year, it’s an especially solemn occasion. Crises around the world have sent record numbers of people fleeing their homes and their countries for an uncertain life elsewhere. Here are 5 heart-shattering statistics about the refugee crisis…and 3 ways the translation industry can make a difference.
Last year, 65.3 million people were forced to flee from their homes.
That’s a new record- it’s never been higher than 60 million since the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees began tracking it. It’s also more than the entire population of the UK, and more than the number of people displaced after World War II. According to the latest UN report, “If these 65.3 million persons were a nation, they would make up the 21st largest in the world.”
Here’s how that 65.3 million breaks down:
40 million internally displaced.
21.3 million living as refugees
3.2 million waiting on asylum claims.
Every minute, another 24 people around the world are displaced.
They flee their homes, leaving almost everything behind in search of safety.
Although lower than it was in 2014, the rate of displacement is 4 times higher than it was a decade ago. And the dangers the refugees face along the way have increased, as well. According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi:
“More people are being displaced by war and persecution and that’s worrying in itself, but the factors that endanger refugees are multiplying too.”
More than 50% of Syria’s population has been displaced.
4.9 million Syrian refugees have fled the country since the war began. Most of them end up in nearby countries like Turkey, Pakistan and Lebanon. Read more