There are a record high 65.6 million forcibly displaced people worldwide due to persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. This includes 22.5 million refugees (over half under the age of 18), 55% of which are from Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan.
Globally, there are 10 million stateless people, denied of a nationality and access to basic rights like education, health care, and employment (UNHCR).
In Syria, an estimated 6.1 million people are internally displaced and there are 5.5 million refugees abroad (IRIN).
In the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, over 655,000 people, predominantly Rohingya, were driven from their homes in Myanmar and nearly a million Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh (IRIN).
Libya has been described as “Africa’s giant holding cell”, where between 700,000 - 1,000,000 migrants from at least a dozen nations continue to be displaced. (IRIN, MSNBC). Kidnapping, extortion, and rape have become the norm and it is uncertain how plans for improving living conditions and repatriation will unfold.
In Cameroon, political agitation has turned into armed opposition and thousands of refugees are fleeing into Nigeria (IRIN).