Facts

The global refugee crisis is the largest and most complex humanitarian crisis of our generation.

Over 65 million people around the globe have been forced to flee their homes – that’s like the entire British population having to leave.

Over half of all refugees are children.

It’s poor countries, not rich, western countries, who look after the vast majority of the world’s refugees. The UN’s Refugee Agency estimates that 86% of the world’s refugees are sheltered by developing countries.

Britain received just 3% of all asylum claims made in the EU in 2016.

Only 0.2% of Syria’s refugees have sought asylum in Britain since the conflict began. Like most of the world’s refugees, very few Syrians make it to Britain in their search for safety.

Data from the Refugee Council 2016

Find out more 

Key statistics

Frequently answered questions