Contemporary refugee movement

  See also: here, here and here.

  See here for Europe's recent refugee conundrums

  See here re refugees at US southern border: issues, barriers

  Refugee travel routes: to Europe, to North America

  Refugees outside Europe and North America: first set of links above


UNHCR Global Trends (June 2023)

35 million refugees globally in 2022. Two thirds were from four countries:

Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Venzeula.


Impact of Covid on refugees International IDEA  (June 17, 2021)

Syrians fleeing Idlib  NY Times (slide show)  (Feb. 14, 2020)


Record high total global displaced population (71 mil.) BBC (Sep, 2019)

UNHCR "Forced Displacement in 2018" 71 mil = 41 mil internally displaced (+3%) +

26 mil refugees (+2%) + 4 mil asylum-seekers (+17%) (% compared to 2017 UNCHR report)

Of the 71 mil, c. 85% now in home country or neighboring ctry, c. 87% in developing region.


60 thousand new Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia Economist  (July 13, 2019)


Jihadists sweeping across the Sahel Economist  (May 4, 2019)

Red Cross worries "conflict and climate change" are prompting huge out-flows of migrants.


Unsuccessful refugees return to El Salvador, to fear of gangs founded by Salvadorans deported from US in '90s (video) NY Times  (Feb. 5, 2019)


Gulf Arab asylum-seekers  Economist  (January 19, 2019)

"Migrants' best bet may be Mexico"  Los Angeles Times  (July 2018)

Refunite helping refugees find lost relatives  New York Times  (Oct. 2017)

Rohingyas being ethnically cleansed  Economist  (Sept. 16, 2017)

Refugee resettlement in Montana  (July 3, 2017)

New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants

(UN General Assembly,  Sept. 19, 2016)

  - Agreement on principles of a “Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework” to:

     “Ease pressures on host countries, Enhance refugee self-reliance, Expand third-

      country solutions and Support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety

      and dignity.”

 - Agreement to “work towards the adoption of a global compact on refugees and a

      global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.”


UNHCR Global Trends Data video: stories, pictures, statistics (June, 2016 65 million forcibly displaced in 2015. 41 million in their own country (record level): largest numbers in Columbia, Syria and Iraq.


"The World's Largest Refugee Camp" [in Kenya]

Review in Economist of City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence (Jan. 23, 2016):

"Over it all is a strong feeling of lives being wasted."


Worldwide 28 mil. newly displaced in 2015 Voice of America (11-May-16)

"The world is in a tremendous displacement crisis that is relentlessly building year after year, and now too many places have the perfect storm of conflict and/or disasters" - Norwegian Refugee Council


Routes, experiences, targeted services

UK university study, EVI-MED, Stanford Magazine,  (March / April, 2016)


World Refugee Day, 2015: New York Times (June 13, 2015)

Lost Voices of the World's Refugees

"It should not take mass drownings in the Bay of Bengal or the Mediterranean for governments to take action. It’s possible for wealthier nations to anticipate the continuing waves of displaced people and to shape long-term, orderly ways to help them weather the upheavals in their homelands or, if it becomes necessary, to help them settle in new lands, the way many of our parents and grandparents did."


See also:

International Rescue Committee


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