More than 65 million people across the world are defined as refugees, asylum seekers or displaced persons, according to a new UN report that was published on International Refugee Day. It is said to be a record breaking high number, where 1 out of every 113 people either was expelled or compelled to leave their home country

The flow of immigrants won't stop

The flow of immigrants won’t stop Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Almost 1% of the world’s citizens are defined as refugees or asylum seekers according to a new UN report that was published in honor of International Refugee Day. The UN refugee agency announced that 65.5 million people were either expelled or compelled to leave their home countries by the end of 2015. That is one out of every 113 people in the world.

The data includes immigrants, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons, who are people that were expelled from or compelled to leave their homes but remain within their own country. According to the report, the fighting in the Middle East and Africa has compelled mass immigration, which has resulted in victims being claimed daily in the Mediterranean Sea. 21 million people are defined as refugees with about half of them being children. 

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi stated that the data indicates that “if we don’t solve the problem, they will come to you. It is painful that it has taken so long for the rich countries to understand this. They must take action now before it gets even worse.”

The UN stressed that this is the first time in recent history that the number of refugees and asylum seekers reached over 60 million people. It is reportedly the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, when about 60 million people in Europe alone became refugees. This World War II figure does not even include refugees from other World War II related atrocities outside of Europe, such as from Japanese atrocities in Asia, the Allied bombings in Japan, Nazi atrocities in North Africa, the Farhud pogrom in Iraq, internally displaced Japanese Americans, etc.

In this recent crisis, about half of the refugees are from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia, which are countries that find themselves in horrendous wars that caused many civilians to flee their homes due to the fact that they fear for their lives. Over a million of these refugees reached Europe by sea by the end of 2015. Some agencies even think that the figure is much higher. Thousands have drowned to death during the perilous sea journey. About 35,000 came to Europe by land.

This wave of immigration has led to the rise of extremist right wing parties and initiatives to limit immigration. The UN refugee agency expressed concern about the consequences of this mass immigration. They claim that there is a climate of xenophobia and racism in Europe, which is fighting against absorbing foreign asylum seekers.


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