About 65.3 million people have been affected the refugee crisis says the United Nations at the occasion of World Refugee Day 2016. According to official figures released by the UN reveal that this is the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees stated that this is the figure corresponds to global population either living as refugees or internally displaced migrants till the end of 2015; which is increased by a five million from 2014. The UNHCR said that putting this figure in consideration, one in every 113 people has been affected by the refugee crisis.
UNHCR President Filippo Grandi said that in the face of soaring humanitarian need, there has been a intensification in xenophobia displayed toward the refugees. “Those who do the opposite, who stir up public opinion against refugees and migrants, have a responsibility in creating a climate of xenophobia that is very worrying in today’s Europe,” Grandi said.
“At sea, a frightening number of refugees and migrants are dying each year; on land, people fleeing war are finding their way blocked by closed borders. Politics is gravitating against asylum in some countries. The willingness of nations to work together not just for refugees but for the collective human interest is what’s being tested today, and it’s this spirit of unity that badly needs to prevail.”
Majority of the refugee population hails from various conflict-stricken countries from around the world, about half of the global refugee population comes largely from Syria and other conflict struck countries as Afghanistan and Somalia. Meanwhile, Turkey, Pakistan and Lebanon are hosting large population of refugees.