Nearly 71M People Displaced By War, Violence, Persecution At Home, UNHCR Report Shows

Associated Press: U.N.: Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home
“A record 71 million people have been displaced worldwide by war, persecution, and other violence, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday, an increase of more than 2 million from a year earlier — and an overall total that would amount to the world’s 20th most populous country. The annual ‘Global Trends’ report released by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees counts the number of the world’s refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people at the end of 2018…” (Keaten, 6/19).

The Guardian: More than 70 million people now fleeing conflict and oppression worldwide
“…The figure of 70.8 million displaced people includes 25.9 million refugees, 41.3 million people displaced within their own borders, and 3.5 million asylum seekers. Globally, children make up about half of the refugee population. An estimated 13.6 million people were newly displaced in 2018, according to the report. Last year was marked by sharp increases in people fleeing the economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela…” (Ratcliffe, 6/19).

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