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10 Eye-Opening Facts To Share On World Refugee Day

Here are 10 facts about the global refugee crisis to share with your friends and family on World Refugee Day, observed every year on June 20.



Photo: Global Refugee Fund by IsraAid

1. There are 70.8 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced—the highest level of displacement since World War II.

Source: UNHCR

 


Photo: Heal Syrian Refugee Children Through Photography by Emfasis Foundation

2. Among the forcibly displaced, there are 25.9 million refugees, 41.3 million people displaced in their own country, and 3.5 million asylum-seekers awaiting determination on refugee status.

Source: UNHCR

 



Photo: Heal Syrian Refugee Children Through Photography by Emfasis Foundation

3. More than half of the world’s 25.9 million refugees are under 18.

Source: UNHCR

 



Photo: Heal Syrian Refugee Children Through Photography by Emfasis Foundation

4. Developing countries house more than 80% of the world refugees.

Source: UNHCR

 



Photo: Global Refugee Fund by IsraAid

5. Around 70 percent of refugee families live below the poverty line.

Source: UNHCR

 



Photo: Global Refugee Fund by IsraAid

6. An estimated 25 percent of internally displaced peoples are young women, with pregnant women making up another four percent.

Source: ReliefWeb

 



Photo: Advance Relief Efforts for Refugees in Greece by Lighthouse Relief

7. One person is forcibly displaced approximately every two seconds.

Source: UNHCR

 



Photo: Global Refugee Fund by IsraAid

8. As of May 2020, there were 2.2 million asylum seekers from South Sudan alone.

Source: UNHCR

 



Photo: Washable Feminine Hygiene for Syrian Refugees by Days for Girls International

9. For $10, a Syrian refugee girl can have a kit with basic menstrual hygiene supplies.

Source: Days for Girls International

 



Photo: Assist Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh by Concern Worldwide

10. With $35, you can provide two weeks worth of food for a Rohingya refugee family in Bangladesh.

Source: Concern Worldwide

by Sonja Knudson