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). The UN reports that the month of April saw an additional 4,000 migrants fleeing the Kachin province (in North Myanmar) due to a longstanding conflict between the government and a rebel group (BBC)BBC.
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).
Political unrest in the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia) has led to Yemen receiving a flood of migrants over the past few years. Upon reaching Yemen, the asylum seekers have been met with violence, either being detained in centers where they have faced brutal torture, rape, and execution or they have been put back on a boat and sent out to sea. (HRW)