20 June 2018

News: World Refugee Day

Global Trends report:

UNHCR released its annual Global Trends report yesterday in advance of World Refugee Day. Some of the figures highlighted in the 2017 report included the following:

- a record total of 68.5 million people are displaced, an increase of 2.9 million from last year
- this total breaks down into 25.4 million refugees (19.9 million under UNHCR's mandate, 5.4 Palestinian refugees under UNRWA's mandate); 40 million internally displaced persons; 3.1 million asylum-seekers
- 85% of refugees under UNHCR's mandate are hosted by developing countries
- countries hosting the largest refugee populations are Turkey (3.5 million), Uganda (1.4 million), Lebanon (998,900), Iran (979,400), Germany (970,400), Bangladesh (932,200) and Sudan (906,600)
- only 102,800 refugees were resettled in 2017
- Colombia, Syria and the Democratic Rep. of Congo have the largest IDP populations: 7.7 million, 6.3 million and 4.4 million, respectively

Previous editions of Global Trends reports can be accessed here.

Other facts & figures/data representations based on the report:

*3 Things We’ve Learned since Last Year’s World Refugee Day (Vox, June 2018) [text]

"Facts about World Refugee Day," VOA News, 19 June 2018 [text]
- See also VOA's map linking to stories of the displaced around the world.

"The Five Conflicts Driving the Bulk of the World’s Refugee Crisis," New York Times, 19 June 2018 [text]

Refugees by Hosting Countries in 2017 (ECHO, June 2018) [map]

Refugees Now Make up 1% of the World's Population (World Economic Forum Blog, June 2018) [text]

*Society Marks Refugee Week with a Series of Maps Illustrating Global Refugee Movements (Royal Geographical Society, June 2018) [access]

*The State of the Global Refugee Crisis (Brookings, June 2018) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

These Charts Show Where the World's Refugees Came from in 2017 - and Where They're Heading (World Economic Forum Blog, June 2018) [text]

"Three Countries Protect Half the World’s New Refugees," IPS, 20 June 2018 [text]

*World Refugee Day 2018: Refugees’ Countries of Origin and Destination (U.S. Dept. of State, June 2018) [infographic]

Selection of statements:

Secretary-General Urges Solidarity, Compassion, Action, in Message for World Refugee Day [text]

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi on World Refugee Day 2018 [text]

United States Commemorates World Refugee Day (U.S. State Dept.) [text]
- Compare with statement from 2016. See also related CNN and Vox stories.

World Refugee Day: Dignity and Safety of Refugees to Be Preserved (IFRC) [text]

World Refugee Day 20 June 2018: Critical Time to Welcome Refugees, Says UN Rights Expert (OHCHR) [text]

World Refugee Day 2018: Every Minute, Every Day, Nearly 31 People are Forcibly Displaced (ECHO) [text]

World Refugee Day 2018: We Can Do Better and We Have Done Better (Kaldor Centre) [text]

U.S track record on refugees:

On World Refugee Day, a Look at the Trump Administration’s Ugly Track Record on Refugees (Immigration Impact Blog, June 2018) [text]

Report Card: The Trump Administration's Performance on Refugee and Humanitarian Protection (Refugees International, June 2018) [text]

*UPDATED

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