Global Displacement at 18-Year High


The United Nations' High Commisioner for Refugees' Global Trends Report has revealed that 15.4 million refugees, 937,000 asylum seekers, and 28.8 million people forced to flee within the borders of their own countries, charting major new displacement from Mali, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and from Sudan into South Sudan and Ethiopia.
Top 6 Refugee Crisis in Africa and What You Need to Know About Them

PHOTO ESSAYS: Top 6 Refugee Crisis in Africa and What You Need to Know About Them

World Refugee Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 2000 and is marked each year on June 20, with the aim of bringing attention to the ...

  • Sudan:  'Five Million People Displaced in Sudan During 2012' - UNHCR Report

    Radio Dabanga, 20 June 2013

    The latest report by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) places Sudan fifth on the list of "source countries" for refugees. read more »

  • Uganda:  Grim Choices Refugees Face

    The Observer, 20 June 2013

    Every minute, people are running away from everything they own, including their homes. They are fleeing war, persecution or terror. Yet they have no choice because conflict ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Congolese Call for End to Conflict As World Marks Refugee Day

    The New Times, 20 June 2013

    Congolese refugees, currently sheltered at Kigeme Camp, Nyamagabe District, have appealed to their government to bring peace in the war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  No Rwandan Should Remain in Refuge

    The New Times, 20 June 2013

    Yesterday, Rwanda joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Refugee Day. The theme of this year's Day was 'One family torn apart by war is too many'. Rwandans have a ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Concerns Rise About Suicides in Kenyan Refugee Camps

    Sabahi, 20 June 2013

    Ali Hassan Ali, a Somali living at the Dadaab refugee complex in north-eastern Kenya, says he is grieving the fresh suicide of an Ethiopian friend and long-time campmate. read more »

  • Liberia:  Liberia Set for World Refugees Day

    FrontPageAfrica, 19 June 2013

    The United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) says over 45 million people; an overwhelming population have to date been forced to flee from homes due to devastating ... read more »

  • Uganda:  More Refugees Seek Safety in Uganda

    New Vision, 20 June 2013

    As we commemorate World Refugees' Day (WRD), we need to reflect on our contribution as a nation in terms of ensuring the safety of refugees as they seek asylum due to political ... read more »

  • Africa:  New UNHCR Report Says Global Forced Displacement At 18-Year High

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 19 June 2013

    More people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a major new factor in global displacement. read more »

  • Africa:  Towards a Safer Refuge in Dadaab

    AlertNet, 20 June 2013

    The sight of school children huddled around street lights on school nights is now commonplace in Dadaab. This is where most school assignments get done. Oblivious to the evening ... read more »

  • Mali:  Malians - Refugees in Their Own Country

    Deutsche Welle, 19 June 2013

    More than 447,000 people, mainly from the Tuareg ethnic group, have fled northern Mali to the south or to neighboring countries. After months of being on the run, some of them now ... read more »

  • Sudan:  2013 'Worst Year for Darfur Camps' - Displaced Association

    Radio Dabanga, 18 June 2013

    The Association of Displaced Persons and Refugees has described 2013 as "the worst for Darfur camps", as record numbers of displaced struggle in abysmal conditions throughout the ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Over 500,000 Somali Refugees "Ready to Return Home"

    Capital FM, 17 June 2013

    Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed said on Monday that plans are at an advanced stage for Kenya to start repatriating Somali refugees to their country. read more »

Sudanese refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan during a food distribution at Iridimi camp, Chad.

  • Nigeria:  Refugees from North Crisis Flee to Cameroon

    UN News Service, 18 June 2013

    The United Nations refugee agency today reported that the ongoing crisis in north-eastern Nigeria is continuing to send people fleeing to Niger and now to Cameroon amid the ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  The Plight of Child Refugees in Democratic Republic of Congo

    International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 18 June 2013

    For 14 year old Patricia Yakoto, 1 February 2013 began like any other day, but it would end with her world, as she knows it, being turned upside down. "I was sent to the market by ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zim Commended

    The Herald, 20 June 2013

    Zimbabwe has been commended for its generosity in accommodating those who seek refuge in the country while fleeing conflicts from their countries, despite the country not having ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  World Refugee Day - the Rwanda Story

    The New Times, 19 June 2013

    About 15 million people remain cramped in refugee camps around the world, latest statistics from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) indicate. read more »

  • Rwanda:  Rwanda Celebrates Refugees' Resilience

    The New Times, 19 June 2013

    Today Rwanda joins the rest of the world to mark the annual World Refugee Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. read more »

  • Rwanda:  Come Back and Help Rwanda Prosper - Returnee

    The New Times, 19 June 2013

    It is now six months since Muhammad Saeed Tumukuze and his family decided to return to Rwanda, after living as a refugee in Pakistan for 22 years. read more »

  • Sudan:  Teachers Work On, Unpaid Among Sudanese Refugees in Chad

    Radio Dabanga, 19 June 2013

    The Sudanese refugees of camp Abu Nabq in eastern Chad have demanded the return of the Adult Education Administration programme to the camp, where the teaches continue to work, in ... read more »

  • Namibia:  Osire Commemorates World Refugee Day

    New Era, 19 June 2013

    Refugees and asylum seekers, as well as many other stakeholders yesterday gathered in the Osire refugee settlement to observe World Refugee Day, 200km from Windhoek. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Only 126 Nigerians Fled Maiduguri After Emergency Rule - Interior Minister

    Premium Times, 18 June 2013

    The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, on Tuesday at the ministerial platform in Abuja said that of the 6, 000 people that fled Maiduguri, to neighbouring countries, following the ... read more »

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