Each year, the UNHCR publishes the Global Trends Report. This vital document provides data and statistics* that help give context to the story of forced displacement. Check out the complete report for the bigger picture! Meanwhile, here are a few key observations:
1) 2016 was a relatively good year for refugees returning home: 552,000 (approximately 2.5% of the refugee population) were able to do so. This is a 250% increase from 2015!
2) It was also a good year for refugee resettlement. 189,300 refugees (0.84%) were resettled to new countries. The number was hovering below 1/2 of 1%.
3) Unfortunately, the overall numbers of Forcibly Displaced People increased by 300,000 to a global total of 65.6 million displaced people.
4) 2,800 people are newly displaced every day. That's 20 people every minute.
5) 51% of the refugee population is under 18 year old, compared to the total world population of 31%.
Of course, these are numbers and statistics. Each number represents a person, a name, a story. Thank you for being a champion for hope and recovery for the people behind the numbers!
*Note: The Global Trends Report is the most up-to-date official report, and reflects the data gathered from the most recent calendar year; this edition reports the data for 2016.
-Observations by Tom Albinson, posted by Tim Uthmann