UNHCR Report Shows More Than 50M Refugees Globally For First Time Since WWII

News outlets highlight an annual report from the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), released on World Refugee Day.

Christian Science Monitor: Global refugees highest since WWII, pointing to lack of political solutions
“The number of refugees, internally displaced people, and asylum-seekers is at the highest level since World War II, a U.N. agency said today, in a report that highlights the struggles of the international community to support refugees and find solutions to ongoing global conflicts…” (Tomkiw, 6/20).

CNN: World Refugee Day: 50 million forced from their homes worldwide, U.N. says
“More than 50 million people worldwide currently are refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced within their own countries, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday, in a new report released to mark World Refugee Day…” (Smith-Spark, 6/20).

The Guardian: Global refugee figure passes 50m for first time since second world war
“…Half the world’s refugees are children, many traveling alone or in groups in a desperate quest for sanctuary, and often falling into the clutches of people traffickers, the annual U.N. high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) global trends report said…” (Sherwood, 6/19).

New York Times: U.N. Reports Sharp Increase in Refugees as Civil Wars Cripple Nations
“…According to the United Nations annual report released Friday, most of the forcibly displaced worldwide are homeless in their own countries and are known as internally displaced persons. An additional 16.7 million people are refugees in another land…” (Sengupta, 6/20).

UNHCR: World Refugee Day: Global forced displacement tops 50 million for first time in post-World War II era
“…UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, which is based on data compiled by governments and non-governmental partner organizations, and from the organization’s own records, shows 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2013, fully six million more than the 45.2 million reported in 2012…” (6/20).

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