The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that there has been an increase in the number of people worldwide who have fled their homes in 2017. The level of displaced people was already at a historically high level now it is up by 300,000 people since last year. Now, the number of people who have been forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution is approximately 65.6 million people this year. This World Refugee Day we must remember to pray for those who have no home.
06/20/2017 Syria (Washington Examiner) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Monday reported an uptick in the number of people worldwide who fled their homes in early 2017 because of persecution or war.
“The refugee crisis continues unabated behind the walls and barriers Australian, US and European leaders have erected. It may have disappeared from their view, but remains a stain on our global conscience,” Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland said in a statement.
The new report contained seven key takeaways:
1. Approximately 65.6 million people were forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution as of the beginning of 2017. That number is up 300,000 people from a year earlier.
2. It’s the fifth year in a row the number of people displaced increased from an “already historically high level.” That number has climbed near 50 percent from 42.3 million people in 2012.