A record 65.3 million people were displaced last year:  – Salon.com

This article was originally published on The Conversation. We continue to witness violent attacks — bombings and murders in France, Germany, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq, and fighting in South Sudan and the continued civil war in Syria. These conflicts have renewed interest in the global refugee crisis and the movements of displaced persons around the globe.The United Nations Human Rights Council announced in June that 65.3 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes in 2015. This is a record number and is equal in population to the United Kingdom or France.People who have been forced to leave their homes, their nations and occupation against their will are often referred to as “displaced.” And 65.3 million is a lot of displaced people. They are found across the globe in response to crises that range from the social to the environmental and include Syrian refugees fleeing civil war, Central American children crossing international borders to reach family and security in the United States, Colombians moving internally to avoid warfare and violence, and Filipinos who are forced to relocate in response to changing climates and environmental disasters.

Source: A record 65.3 million people were displaced last year: What does that number actually mean? – Salon.com

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