68.5 million men, women and children are forcibly displaced in the world.
44,400 people are newly uprooted every day.
1:110 people in the world are forcibly displaced.
52% are children
50% are women and girls
The number of forcibly displaced people has increased by more than 50% since 2007.
The world offers 3 solutions to forced displacement:
Return home. But this requires that the causes of displacement have been resolved. The UN has identitified over 30 protracted refugee producing situations in the world, the average duration of which is 26 years. Returning home is not an option for the vast majority of refugees.
Integrate into their country of refugee. But nearly 9 of 10 refugees are hosted by developing nations that are economically and socially unable to absorb the people seeking refuge within their borders.
Resettle to another country. But during an average year, less than 1% of the world's refugee population is resettled. Few countries are willing to help by offering the resettlement option to refugees.
When forced to flee their homes, refugees need to find a way to a safe place. There are some well-worn paths in the world that they travel. These paths are the Refugee Highway.
The Highway is paved with tears of loneliness, fear and discouragement. Whatever part of the Highway they travel, refugees are met with the same message: Do Not Enter.
Yet there is hope. God is alive and well on the Refugee Highway.
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There are 68.5 million forcibly displaced children, women and men in the world - the highest number ever recorded. That's 1 in every 110 people alive today. Another 44,400 people are uprooted every day.
First, God is alive and well along the refugee highway today. Second, Refugees are more than people in need. They are an important part of the solution. And third, God has begun a worldwide movement of his people to welcome and love refugees.
Learn more below.
Discover how you can help people survive and recover from forced displacement by providing them with shelter, water, Bibles, church buildings, schools, income-generation, specialized training and more!
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