Record 59.5M People Refugees, Internally Displaced, Or Seeking Asylum At End 2014, U.N. Report Says

News outlets highlight a new U.N. report, titled Global Trends, that shows nearly 60 million people worldwide were displaced by war, violence, or persecution at the end of 2014.

The Guardian: One in every 122 people is displaced by war, violence and persecution, says U.N.
“War, violence, and persecution left one in every 122 humans on the planet a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum at the end of last year, according to a stark U.N. report that warns the world is failing the victims of an ‘age of unprecedented mass displacement’…” (Jones, 6/18).

New York Times: 60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands, U.N. Says
“…The new figures, released Thursday by the United Nations refugee agency, paint a staggering picture of a world where new conflicts are erupting and old ones are refusing to subside, driving up the total number of displaced people to a record 59.5 million by the end of 2014, the most recent year tallied. Half of the displaced are children…” (Sengupta, 6/18).

Reuters: World’s displaced hits record high of 60 mln, half of them children: U.N.
“…In 2014, an average of 42,500 people became refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced every day, representing a four-fold increase in just four years, the aid agency said…” (D’Urso, 6/18).

Washington Post: New U.N. report says world’s refugee crisis is worse than anyone expected
“…The rapidly escalating figures reflect a world of renewed conflict, with wars in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe driving families and individuals from their homes in desperate flights for safety. But the systems for managing those flows are breaking down, with countries and aid agencies unable to handle the strain…” (Witte, 6/18).

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