World Refugee Day: U.N. Announces Worst Crisis in Nearly Two Decades

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An internally displaced Syrian man in the Maiber al-Salam refugee camp along the Turkish border in the northern province of Aleppo, on April 17, 2013.

A U.N. report released ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20 finds that we’re experiencing the worst refugee crisis in nearly two decades. More than 45.2 million people have been displaced from their homes because of conflict or violence, up from 42.5 million a year earlier, making it the highest number since 1994, when millions of people fled ethnic violence in former Yugoslavia and genocide in Rwanda.

The overall number breaks down into three categories: 15.4 million people fled as refugees across borders, 28.8 million were internally displaced within their own countries, while 937,000 others sought asylum elsewhere. That last figure matches a report in April by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

And each day, another 23,000 people begin to search for safety from harm or persecution — the world has a new refugee or internally displaced person every 4.1 seconds. “Each time you blink, another person is forced to flee,” said Antonio Guterres, chief of the U.N.’s refugee agency, in Geneva. Earlier, he called the numbers “truly alarming.”

More than half of today’s refugees originated from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Syria, according to the report, and 7.6 million of them were uprooted last year alone. Worldwide, the countries that have most opened their borders to refugees haven’t changed much: Pakistan, wracked by its own domestic crises, tops the list, followed by Iran, Germany and Kenya. Turkey rounds out the top-10 list after accommodating an influx of Syrians fleeing the country’s brutal civil war.

The U.N. estimates that the war between opposition groups and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, now in its third year, has left more than 93,000 dead and forced 1.6 million Syrians into neighboring Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. That number is expected to hit 3 million later this year.

Jana Mason, a senior adviser with the U.N.’s refugee agency, testified before the Helsinki Commission last week that the U.S. and other nations must provide greater financial aid to host countries that have opened their borders to Syrians. At the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland earlier this week, leaders pledged to disburse $1.5 billion of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees and those who are internally displaced.

At the hearing, the State Department signaled that the U.S. is ready to begin resettling Syrians in the country but doesn’t expect a huge influx. “We have brought only a handful so far, and I don’t think it’s going to happen quickly,” said Anne C. Richard, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration. And it won’t happen until they “really feel they can’t go home again.”

The International Organization for Migration, which works with the U.S. government to relocate refugees throughout the country, estimates that in their fiscal year ending September 2013, about 69,000 new refugees will have arrived at one of their five ports in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, New York City and Newark, N.J. So far, more than 12,000 of them have come from Iraq, nearly 11,000 from Burma and 6,000 from Bhutan. About 4,900 from Somalia and 2,600 from Cuba have also been resettled.

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San Yati Moe Myint
San Yati Moe Myint

times poison the readers just for the money... they want muslims rule the world .... times want jihads to the world and like to have seen millions of people die , billions of people disabled , christians and other religions trying to be terminated by muslims and all mankind going to extinct by muslims and being destroyed lives by muslims .... times , muslims and hannah beech is the big terror of our mankind

Hein Wai Yan
Hein Wai Yan

muslim religion teach to be terrorist .. to do jihads and to hit a person even when walking ... they ever teach to be ever violent and to trouble people... we all already know that ... can u heena becch still lie ? u also know muslims ever lie and ever wicked and cunning ... they look like a fox

Kyah H Wee
Kyah H Wee

June 21st, 2013, Friday 10:00 pm The world famous the Time Magazine (Vol 182. no 1. July 1st) is released with cover photo of Venerable Ashin Wirathu (Myanmar) who is one of our Buddhists' three precious jewels: Buddha, Dhama (Buddha's Teachings), Sanga (Monks) by accusing him as a Buddhist terrorist. It described him with the comparison of world destroyer Osama Bin Laden. We strongly objected that magazine and rejected without any exception unanimously. We admitted that Ashin Wirathu adores his race and religion so much. However, he is not the Buddhist terrorist leader who jeopardizes the peace in the region. He is not the extremist who destroys the lives, housing, and properties of the people. We all believe that he is neither the one who instructed to massacre the people of other religions, nor the one who destroyed buildings as radical movements. There is no connection of any co-operation with any drastic actions. In Buddhist history, our Buddha himself is triumphant against any hostile attacks by showing loving kindness. Similarly, true Sangas (monks) always saved and rescued our race, religion, and country throughout Myanmar history in accordance with loving kindness. We assumed that the article in the Time Magazine is making people misjudge one religion to another, and is making Buddhism diminished. Therefore, we Myanmar strongly rejected the Time magazine with the cover photo of Venerable Ashin Wirathu that is released in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. We strongly request for clarification by the responsible persons of the magazine in accordance with the rules of media conduct. ---On behalf of all Myanmar Buddhists ---ASHIN SANDAZAWTEET(Tharthanarnwe) ---Officer incharge for literature ---HEETTADARA FOUNDATION ---Mon State,MYANMAR.

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Kyah H Wee

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CrossWinds
CrossWinds

Luke 21:25-26........

........The Coming of the Son of Man........

........25 "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken...............

EvelynMejil
EvelynMejil

@TIME @TIMEWorld Disturbing. Society continues to make a big push to advance technology & the sciences while making humanity obsolete. Sad.

Adrian Jawort
Adrian Jawort

It might not be pc, but go figure even before the Syrian war, all of these dirt dirt poor families all have at least 6-7 kids, and they don't believe in birth control or anything and 2/3s of the populace is under 20, you can see where it doesn't bode well in the end results when you pack that many people into a desert. It's science, not idealism. And that goes for other African hot spots as well. As someone of Native American ancestry, it was common sense for men not to impregnate a woman or for a woman to keep popping out kids unless you were able to provide for them well. Hence, richer Natives had a lot of kids, and poorer people would have only a couple kids at the most. Nowadays, that scenario has reversed itself, and you have huge exploding populations not able to sustain themselves--particularly in the Arab world. There are other factors, but huge plpulations aren't alleviating any situation for the next few years.

Victoria Russell
Victoria Russell

Wow, the crazies didn't waste any time jumping on this thread.

André CM
André CM

The revolution of the future must be peace and love, stop the wars and revolts ... the people is the most vulnerable running out of housing, food and medicine...World leaders will always get away with it, the Romans killed Christ and have the Vatican...

Adrian Jawort
Adrian Jawort

Over population. Too many 3rd world people popping out too many kids they can't care for, much less themselves in these cruel areas of the world.

TomChado
TomChado

@TIME I pray for the day no single shot will be fired in the world for just 24hrs.