Number of Refugees at All Time High
by Letters 4 the Damned
CLEVELAND, Ohio — June 20 is World Refugee Day. At this moment, refugees are fleeing Eritrea and more than 50 million refugees are receiving or in need of assistance from the United Nations Refugee Agency. The number of refugees and displaced people hasn’t been as high since World War II. This all-time high, according to UNHCR, is the result of several recent conflicts in Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic.
According to The U.N. Refugee Agency, much of the global increase has been attributed to the conflict inSyria, which resulted in a total of 2.5 million people fleeing the country and another 6.5 million displaced within the country. Half of the global increase is attributed to Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia combined. At the end of 2013, the total amount of people forcibly displaced from their homes totaled 51.2 million. According to the UNHCR, this is an increase of 6 million from the previous years total.