There Haven't Been This Many Refugees Since WWII
More than 50M displaced by violence, says UN
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 20, 2014 5:07 AM CDT
Syrian refugees gather in the Fayda Camp in Lebanon.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

(Newser) – For the first time since the World War II era, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency says. Syrians fleeing the bloodletting at home and a fast-growing web of other crises across the world accounted for the spike in the displaced, the United Nation's High Commission for Refugees says in its annual report. At the end of last year, 51.2 million people had been forced from their homes worldwide, six million more than the previous year and the highest figure of displacement since World War II, the UNHCR says.

"Now we have a multiplication of new crises," UN High Commissioner Antonio Guterres says. "Today we not only have an absence of a global governance system, but we have sort of an unclear sense of power in the world." The number of those displaced by violence include almost 17 million international refugees worldwide, and more than 33 million displaced within their own countries by violence. Syria's civil war alone has forced 9 million people to flee their homes, with nearly 3 million escaping abroad while more than 6.5 million have been displaced within the country.

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Jun 22, 2014 11:23 AM CDT
Let's close our borders before Obozo the Clown lets all these Syrian refuges in with all the illegal mexicans and Central americans, just so he can get more Demwit voters on the freebee list.
Jun 21, 2014 2:13 PM CDT
Let's not allow these people into the U.S. We are struggling with 20 million illegals on the taxpayer's payroll.
Jun 20, 2014 12:31 PM CDT
"Today we not only have an absence of a global governance system, but we have sort of an unclear sense of power in the world." Thank you very much, Barack Obama.