United Nations warns on refugee crisis in wake of shipwreck
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 6:22
Myanmar's internal conflicts left 490,000 refugees and 375,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) by the end of 2016, according to the UN's refugee agency in Asia spokesperson Vivian Tan, adding to increasing global displacement worldwide.
Data show that the Syrian conflict has generated the largest numbers of displaced people worldwide, with 12 million people, or almost two-thirds of the population, either internally displaced or living as refugees, mainly in five neighboring countries - Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.
In his remarks, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said the Day is also a moment to recognize those communities and people around the world who receive refugees and the internally displaced in their midst, offering them a safe place, and welcoming them in their societies.
The number of displaced people rose by 300,000 in 2015 to 65.6 million at the end of December. A total of 22.5 million people, half of whom were children, registered as refugees in 2016.
Syria's civil war is still the largest source of refugees (5.5 million), but the turmoil in South Sudan was newest largest factor, uprooting 1.87 million people to date.
Pakkala has called on governments to do more to help the women and children who continued to arrive in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya after fleeing violence and instability in South Sudan.
Conflict and violence led to more displacements of people in countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ukraine.
The refugee population from the world's youngest country swelled 85 percent past year to reach 1.4 million by the end of 2016, the UNHCR report showed.
Relative to its population, Lebanon cares for the largest number of refugees with one in six, followed by Jordan with one in 11, and then Turkey where one in 28 people is a refugee. Another 40 million people were displaced within the borders of their own countries, about 500,000 fewer than in 2015.
"We need to have a discussion on whether a different mix of people can come (to Canada) as refugees".
Uganda received 532,725 new refugees a year ago, and was the country receiving the largest number of refugees worldwide.
Grandi urged South Sudan's officials to ensure safety for its people, saying that now more than ever, "authorities have a greater responsibility to provide security".
The Government of Uganda and the United Nations are appealing for $8 billion in funding for both emergency response and resilience interventions to Uganda's refugee and refugee-hosting population over the next four years.
After seven months of negotiations, the government agreed to lease a tract of land for internally displaced people in Bentiu.