On World Refugee Day, A Bleak Outlook Amid Calls For Help
At a time when the number of people displaced by war and persecution worldwide is at an all-time high, the U.N. is calling out developed countries.By Cliff Judy | June 20, 2015
The U.N. says developed countries need to do more for refugees. (Video via United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Saturday marks World Refugee Day at a time when the issue is more dire and seemingly further from sustainable solutions than ever before. The United Nations recently released figures on the record number of people displaced by war and persecution worldwide.
At the end of 2014, there were 59.5 million refugees, internally displaced persons and asylum seekers worldwide — an increase of 16 percent in just one year. Half of the world's refugees come from three countries — Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. More than half of the world's refugees are children.