The Refugee Crisis In Charts and Tables

SOURCE: https://www.unhcr.org/figures-at-a-glance.html How many refugees are there around the world? At least 82.4 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26.4 millionrefugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also millions of stateless people, who have been denied a nationality and lack access to basic rights such as education, health care, employment and freedom of movement. At a time when 1 in every 95 people on earth has fled their home as a result of conflict or persecution, our work at UNHCR is more important than ever before. UNHCR personnel Our workforce is the backbone of UNHCR. As of 31 December 2020, we employ 17,878 people, of whom around nearly 91 per cent are based in the field. We work in 132 countries and territories, with personnel based in a mixture of regional and branch offices and sub and field offices. Our teams work hard to help the displaced, specializing in a wide range of disciplines, including legal protection, administration, community services, public affairs and health. How is UNHCR funded We are funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, with 85 per cent from governments and the European Union.Three per cent comes from other inter-governmental organizations and pooled funding mechanisms, while a further 11 per cent is from the private sector, including foundations, corporations and the public. Additionally, we receive a limited subsidy (one per cent) from the UN budget for administrative costs, and accept in-kind contributions, including items such as tents, medicines and trucks. UNHCR was launched on a shoestring annual budget of US$300,000 in 1950. But as our work and size have grown, so too have the costs. Our annual budget rose to more than US$1 billion in the early 1990s and reached a new annual high of US$9.15 billion in 2021. For up to date information about UNHCR’s financial needs visit our Global Focus website. Our yearly budget supports continuing operations and supplementary programmes to cover emergencies, such as the Syria crisis or large-scale repatriation operations. Data on forced displacement and stateless populations We track the number of people forced to flee and use data and statistics to inform and optimize our work and the work of our partners to better protect, assist and provide solutions. So when for example a major displacement crisis erupts, we can predict how many people need help, what kind of help they need and how many staff we must deploy. These figures are released every year in our flagship reports: Global Trends and Global Report. For statistics and operational data that are essential for UNHCR operations, we collect and process data in a number of different systems that are fit for purpose. Our Population Statistics Database, for example, carries information on country of asylum, country of origin and demographics on people of concern to UNHCR – refugees, asylum seekers, returned refugees, internally displaced and stateless people. For more information on how UNHCR collects population figures, including links to our databases, visit our data page.

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84 Million People Fleeing From Their Homes

SOURCE: https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/11/1105592 As more people flee violence, insecurity and the effects of climate change, the number forcibly displaced now exceeds 84 million globally, according to new data released on Thursday by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. UNHCR’s Mid-Year Trends report, covering the first six months of this year, revealed a surge from 82.4 million since December – largely due to internal displacement – with more people fleeing multiple active conflicts around the world, especially in Africa. It also noted that COVID-19 border restrictions continue to limit asylum access in many locations. “The international community is failing to prevent violence, persecution and human rights violations, which continue to drive people from their homes”, said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. Breaking down figures Flaring conflict and violence around the world during the first half of this year forced nearly 51 million people to flee within their own countries, with most new displacements occurring in Africa. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) witnessed 1.3 million displacements and Ethiopia, 1.2 million, the report detailed. Meanwhile violence in Myanmar and Afghanistan also saw an increase in the number driven to leave home. At the same time, the number of refugees also continued to increase during the first half of the year, reaching nearly 21 million. UNHCR observed that most new refugees came from just five countries: Central African Republic, 71,800; South Sudan, 61,700; Syria, 38,800; Afghanistan, 25,200; and Nigeria, 20,300. “The international community must redouble its efforts to make peace, and at the same time must ensure resources are available to displaced communities and their hosts”, warned the High Commissioner. Toxic blend A lethal mix of conflict, COVID-19, poverty, food insecurity and the climate emergency has compounded the humanitarian plight of the displaced, most of whom are being hosted in developing regions. “The effects of climate change are exacerbating existing vulnerabilities in many areas hosting the forcibly displaced”, said the High Commissioner. And solutions for forcibly displaced populations remain in short supply. During the first half of the year, less than one million internally displaced people and 126,700 refugees were able to return home. “It is the communities and countries with the fewest resources that continue to shoulder the greatest burden in protecting and caring for the forcibly displaced, and they must be better supported by the rest of the international community”, said Mr. Grandi.

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Sudan’s Catastrophic Flood

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54070697 The damage caused by the flooding across the country led the government to declare a three-month state of emergency last Friday. More than 500,000 people have been affected in 17 of the country’s 18 states, the authorities say. The 99 recorded deaths have been caused by drowning, mudslides and buildings collapsing. The level of the Blue Nile, which is the Nile’s main tributary, has risen to 17.57m, AFP quotes the water ministry as saying. This is the highest level since records began more than a century ago. In Khartoum state alone, more than 100,000 people are in need of shelter after having lost their homes. It says that there are heavy rains forecast for neighboring Ethiopia and parts of Sudan which could lead to a rise in the level of the Blue Nile.

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Refugees Have Dreams

  Source: https://www.edseed.me/campaigns/the-journey-of-a-thousand-miles-begins-with-a-step/   From Syria; seeking a Undergraduate degree in Renewable Energy and is enrolled at Zarqa University. My name is Ahmed Yasser Masri. I am an 18 years old refugee from Daraa, Syria. My family arrived in Zaatari camp in 2012. My father was an army officer and my mother was a social worker.  I have two sisters and a brother. We had a decent life.   I had I a rare bone disease. I had surgery before coming to Zaatari. Without it, I would not be able to walk. During my recovery from surgery, I made a small electric generator from a broken fan. I also made an eggbeater from the engine of a remote control car. I was able to repair a solar power charger. I installed solar panels for family members and friends for free.   I have the talents and skills to excel in my work. Our region was polluted enough during the war. We can use clean solar and wind energy to rebuild it while protecting the environment. I dream of becoming an engineer and specialize in renewable energy. Like all other refugees, we had a hard time adjusting to living in tents without power and sanitation.   I am aware that displacement will continue whether because of conflict or environmental disasters. I continuously thought of how to make this trauma easier to endure for displaced refugees. Our region can harness solar, wind and hydraulic energy to cover its needs. They are cleaner sources of energy that would not harm the environment. I hope that you will finance my studies in order to realize my dream.   Help dreams come true. DONATE

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Let’s Help Lebanon

The explosion that occurred in Beirut recently was a serious catastrophe that led to colossal damage. 300,000 people have lost their homes, 135 people died, 5000 were wounded and 500 people are currently missing. Donate now to help the people in Beirut. If you’re looking to donate to Lebanon, here are some reliable sources that aid the people affected. Please try your best to visit the websites and try to donate. Every dollar makes a difference. https://supportlrc.app/donate/donate.html https://seal-usa.org/BeirutEmergencyFund https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanon-relief https://mercycorps.org/donate/send-emergency-aid-families-need?akid=11219.1201972.YQDMx_&hpc=0&rd=1&source=EE1WUMSTNMEZZ0805202&status=n&t=3&utm_campaign=beirut%2Blebanon%2Bexplosion&utm_content=beirut%2Blebanon%2Bexplosion%2Bemergency%2Bappeal%2Baug%2B5%2B2020&utm_medium=email&utm_source=appeal

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