There’s much to worry about reading the UN’s latest report on the state of the world’s refugees, released today.
The number of people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution increased in 2018 for the seventh year in a row, to a record 70.8 million. That number includes refugees, asylum seekers, and people who are stateless or have been internally displaced within their own countries.
The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, provided care for approximately 20.4 million refugees last year (a separate UN body cares for an additional 5.5 million refugees in Palestine). Most were trying to escape conflict and persecution in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, but new crises in countries like Venezuela are creating new refugee hubs.