68.5 million people forceably displaced across the globe - UN Refugee Agency

The UN Refugee Agency’s annual Global Trends study says 68 and a half million people across the globe had been forceably displaced at the end of last year.

Millions more are still being displaced either for the first time or repeatedly – the extent of displacement means one person is displaced every two seconds and developing countries are the worst affected.

Joanne Joseph spoke to External Relations Officer at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Markku Aikomus on the Afternoon Drive to discuss this.

Those numbers are just a reflection of the human suffering around the world and when we look at the numbers, that is more than the entire population of South Africa. Behind these numbers are human beings like you and me who are fleeing conflict, war and persecutions in very precarious situations and seeking protection elsewhere.

Markku Aikomus, External Relations Officer at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Regionally, Africa is the region that hosts most of the displaced people around the world.

Markku Aikomus, External Relations Officer at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The perception that we always have that industrualised countries are hit the worst with the refugee crisis, it is not true. It is the developing world that is shouldering most of the burden.

Markku Aikomus, External Relations Officer at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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