10 Eye-Opening Facts To Share On World Refugee Day

Here are 10 facts about the global refugee crisis to share with your friends and family on World Refugee Day, observed every year on June 20.


 

Photo: Global Refugee Fund by IsraAid

1. There are 68.5 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced—the highest level of displacement since World War II.

Source: UNHCR

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Photo: Heal Syrian Refugee Children Through Photography by Emfasis Foundation

2. Among the forcibly displaced, there are 25.4 million refugees, 40 million people displaced in their own country, and 3.1 million asylum-seekers awaiting determination on refugee status.

Source: UNHCR

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Photo: Heal Syrian Refugee Children Through Photography by Emfasis Foundation

3. Nearly half of the world’s 25.4 million refugees are under 18.

Source: UNHCR

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Photo: Heal Syrian Refugee Children Through Photography by Emfasis Foundation

4. Developing countries house 85% of the world refugees.

Source: UNHCR

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Photo: Global Refugee Fund by IsraAid

5. Syrians now comprise one of the largest groups of refugees worldwide, making up 24.8% of the 19.9 million refugees under the mandate of UNHCR.

Source: UNHCR

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Photo: Global Refugee Fund by IsraAid

6. An estimated 25 percent of displaced peoples are young women, with pregnant women making up another four percent.

Source: ReliefWeb

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Photo: Advance Relief Efforts for Refugees in Greece by Lighthouse Relief

7. By the end of 2018, approximately 11.7 million Syrians were in need of humanitarian assistance, with the elderly, women and girls, and those living with disabilities being particularly affected groups.

Source: ReliefWeb

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Photo: Global Refugee Fund by IsraAid

8. As of May 2019, there are 2.3 million asylum seekers from South Sudan alone.

Source: UNHCR

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Photo: Washable Feminine Hygiene for Syrian Refugees by Days for Girls International

9. For $10, a Syrian refugee girl can have a kit with basic menstrual hygiene supplies.

Source: Days for Girls International

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Photo: Assist Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh by Concern Worldwide

10. With $35, you can provide two weeks worth of food for a Rohingya refugee family in Bangladesh.

Source: Concern Worldwide

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An unprecedented number of people around the world have been forced from their homes as a result of violence and instability. But the situation is not without hope. You can provide across life-saving assistance to someone in search of safety.

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Featured Photo: 10-year-old Yacob and his mom now live in a refugee camp in Bangladesh after their home and their entire village was intentionally set on fire. Photo by World Vision.

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