6 Things You (Still) Might Not Know About Refugees

By Sage Smiley

  1. Worldwide, 80 percent of refugees and displaced people are hosted by developing countries.
  2. More than 68 percent of displaced people are resettled or living in the Middle East or North Africa. The entirety of Europe hosts only 6 percent of the world’s refugees.
  3. Turkey hosts the most refugees of any country in the world: 2.5 million. Displaced people make up 3 percent of Turkey’s current population.
  4. More than half of the world’s refugees come from one of these three countries: Somalia (1.1 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million), and Syria (4.9 million).
  5. More than half of refugees worldwide (51%) are under the age of 18.  
  6. The largest refugee camp in the world is in Kenya. It’s called the Dadaab camp, and at its peak housed more than 500,000 refugees at one time.

SOURCES:

http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.html

http://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/news/4350_top_10_global_facts_about_refugees

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/aug/20/ethiopia-largest-number-refugees-africa

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/kenyan-court-blocks-plans-to-dismantle-one-of-worlds-largest-refugee-camps/2017/02/09/64df6fa2-eec8-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.cae6353c9743

http://theconversation.com/refugees-in-africa-faced-bitter-disappointments-in-2016-69231

https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-refugees

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugee_camp

 

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Sage Smiley

Writer at BYU Political Review
Sage Smiley is an earthy gal from Portland, Oregon. Sage is a double major in journalism and Arabic and minoring in chemistry. She feels passionately about refugees, feminism, and the fact that orcas are still kept in tiny tanks. Sage enjoys long walks through Savers, tea, odd socks, sushi, and witty banter.

Sage Smiley

Sage Smiley is an earthy gal from Portland, Oregon. Sage is a double major in journalism and Arabic and minoring in chemistry. She feels passionately about refugees, feminism, and the fact that orcas are still kept in tiny tanks. Sage enjoys long walks through Savers, tea, odd socks, sushi, and witty banter.

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