June 8, 2016

Current Refugee Crisis

All refugees on the UNHCR register are currently living in refugee camps in and around Syria (including Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq) where conditions, particularly in winter months are life threatening, due to extreme cold. The situation in Syria is well documented with 11.5% of the population injured or killed since the conflict began in 2011 (Syrian Centre for Policy Research Report). The Syrian crisis is the largest humanitarian conflict in the world currently. The UK Government are providing safe haven for 20,000 vulnerable Syrians as part of the VPRS (Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme), and has flagged the imperative need for community voluntary involvement for successful delivery of this scheme

  • According to the UNHCR we are now witnessing the highest levels of people being displaced on record.
  • Pictures, stories and information on the issues flood our screens, but it is important to just pause to register the scale.
  • Some 65.3 million people – more than a million over the population of the UK – have been forced from their homes.
  • More than half of the 21.3 million people who are now refugees, are under the age of 18.
  • There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights.
  • We live in a world where nearly 34,000 people are forcibly displaced every day as a result of conflict or persecution.
  • These numbers are massive. These numbers are people. Many of these people are in other countries.
  • People from Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan make up 54% of the world’s refugees. In Jordan, one third of its population are refugees.
  • Despite the numbers seen in boats, on foot, anyway they can move, Europe has taken just 6% of the world’s refugees.
  • Amazing people across Europe have helped these desperate people.