70.8 million men, women and children are forcibly displaced in the world
37,000 people are newly uprooted every day
1:108 people in the world are forcibly displaced
About half are children
About half are women and girls
The number of forcibly displaced people has increased from 42 million in 2009 to 70.8 million today.
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.
REFUGEES are more than people in need. Visit any refugee camp and you will be amazed at their resiliency and resourcefulness. They can play an important role in their own recovery - if we let them.
GOD has always been at work in the lives of those traveling the refugee highway. Consider how God showed up when Hagar, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, Jesus, Philip and others were forcibly displaced. He is showing up today as well.
THE CHURCH is already present along much of the refugee highway. She carries the mandate to welcome and love the foreigner. A movement of hope is beginning to take root as local churches embrace their divine calling and begin to help people survive and recover from forced displacement.
There are 70.8 million forcibly displaced children, women and men in the world - the highest number ever recorded. That's 1 in every 108 people alive today. Another 37,000 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.
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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!
Whether by joining the support team of one of our missionaries or by joining one of our teams yourself, you can show up in the lives of refugees. Explore the unique work of IAFR in Africa, Europe and North America.
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