40,000 forcibly displaced daily – UNHCR

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The annual report issued by the United Nations Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) would offset the perception that immigrants prefer to travel to developed countries. Contrary to many believers, the report entitled Global Trends says that 85% of those who escape their countries are developing in neighbouring countries which have their problems.

In the report, UNHCR said many of those who are escaping their neighbouring countries are often poor and need to back.

In 2017, wars, violence, and persecution around the world led to a new record of people who had moved from their country against their will for a fifth consecutive year.

Several conflicts around the world gave rise to the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the war in South Sudan and the thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

By the end of 2017 the number of people forcibly displaced was 68.5 million.

This means that 44,500 are being forced to move on a daily basis or a person every two seconds. This is the equivalent of the population of Birkirkara, Lija, Balzan, Attard and Iklin combined.

This number is 2.9 million more than the on in 2016 fled. By the end of December of last year 3.1 million people were still awaiting the outcome of their application in order to obtain refugee status.