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5 takeaways from the new United Nations report on refugees

The report showed that 84 percent of all refugees who crossed borders went to low- or middle-income countries at the end of 2016, and that roughly 1 in 3 was hosted in the poorest countries, which can least afford the burden.And almost 70 years after Palestinians first fled today’s Israel, some 5.3 million Palestinians are now living as refugees – the highest level ever recorded, UNHCR said.The global community of refugees includes 5.3 million Palestinians, who are registered with the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.UNHCR was still there, helping numerous same people now fleeing an internal conflict, he told local government officials in the northern town of Bentiu.Data show that the Syrian conflict has generated the largest numbers of displaced people worldwide, with 12 million people, or almost two-thirds of the population, either internally displaced or living as refugees, mainly in five neighboring countries – Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.Meanwhile, around half a million refugees returned to their home countries, while 189,300 people were resettled in 37 countries around the world.Since then, almost two million people have fled fighting that the United Nations has said amounts in some areas to ethnic cleansing.Millions of families are being forced to leave their homes in the wake of conflicts, wars and oppression in world especially from war torn Afghanistan and Syria.The UNHCR said there have been annual increases to the global displacement total for the past five years, but while the 2016 total increased, the rate at which displacement grew that year slowed.Last year, more people than ever were refugees or forcibly displaced from their home because of war, violence or persecution. Twelve million people in the country were forced to abandon their homes in 2016 – that’s more than half of the country’s population.”Uganda has a progressive and generous open door policy to refugees providing better prospects for refugee children than in many contexts globally”, said Pakkala, expressing hope that such a model is supported widely across countries.”This is a collective responsibility, the society need to provide them with opportunities to rebuild their lives, reintegrate them and facilitate their economic rehabilitation for them to return to normalcy”.The UN report also highlighted attempts by refugees and migrants to seek safety by crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe.The UNHCR reports that one in every 113 people worldwide is either a refugee or is forcibly displaced within his or her own country.Turkey ranks first, with 1,587,374 refugees, most of whom are from Syria.The report found that new displacement in particular remains very high. “It was followed by Pakistan (1.4 million), Lebanon (1.0 million), the Islamic Republic of Iran (979,400), Uganda (940,800), and Ethiopia (791,600)”, the report said.The refugee population from the world’s youngest country swelled 85 percent previous year to reach 1.4 million by the end of 2016, the UNHCR report showed.High Commissioner Grandi said that one of his greatest concerns was the declining contributions of the worldwide community to meet the needs of this burgeoning refugee and displacement crisis. The total “means that on average, one in every 113 people worldwide is today someone who is displaced”, said Filippo Grandi, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees.”The system protecting refugees will collapse if we do not step up our support to countries like Uganda”, said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council in a statement.