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Millions of Families have Lost everything: UNHCR Asylum-Mid-Year Trends 2014

The UN refugee agency reported that war in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere had uprooted an estimated 5.5 million people during the first six months of 2014, signalling a further rise in the number of people forcibly displaced.

During the first half of 2014, conflict continued to result in the displacement of millions of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) globally causing significant changes in the trends and number of refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs and others of concern to UNHCR.

Every 4 secons someone is forced to flee

“In 2014 we have seen the number of people under our care grow to unprecedented levels. As long as the international community continues to fail to find political solutions to existing conflicts and to prevent new ones from starting, we will continue to have to deal with the dramatic humanitarian consequences,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

“The economic, social and human cost of caring for refugees and the internally displaced is being borne mostly by poor communities, those who are least able to afford it. Enhanced international solidarity is a must if we want to avoid the risk of more and more vulnerable people being left without proper support.”

1. Origin of asylum-seekers
2. Who is hosting the world’s refugees?
3. Where do the world’s refugees come from?
4. Major refugee-hosting countries.
5. Main destination countries for new asylum-seekers and for more related issues,

see the full report:

Another major finding in the report is the shift in the regional distribution of refugee populations. Until last year, the region hosting the largest refugee population was Asia and the Pacific. As a result of the crisis in Syria, the Middle East and North Africa have now become the regions hosting the largest number of refugees.

UNHCR’s Mid-Year Trends 2014 report is based on data from governments and the organization’s worldwide offices. As information available to UNHCR at this point in the year is incomplete it does not show total forced displacement globally (those figures are presented in June each year in UNHCR’s annual “Global Trends” report, which as of end 2013 showed that 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide). Nonetheless, the data it presents is a major component of the global total and an important indicator of worldwide refugee and IDP trends.


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