The scale of the crisis

  • There are more than 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide and 21.3 million refugees. (Source: UNHCR)
  • Nearly 34,000 people are forcibly displaced every day as a result of conflict or persecution. (Source: UNHCR)

Who are the refugees?

  • In 2015, 54% of refugees came from Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan. (Source: Refugee Council)
  • In 2015, 47% were women and girls, and 51% were children. (Source: UNHCR)

Where do they end up? 

  • Only 14% of refugees are sheltered by rich countries in the Global North – 86% are taken in by poor countries.
  • In 2015, Turkey hosted 2.5 million refugees including 1 million from Syria. (Source: UNHCR)
  • Lebanon, a country the size of Yorkshire, currently hosts 1.1 million refugees (183 per 1,000 of the population). (Source: Refugee Council)

In Europe

  • Only 6% of forcibly displaced people reached Europe in 2015. (Source: UNHCR)
  • Last year, nearly 4,000 people died in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe. (Source: BBC News)
  • In 2015, Germany (431,000), Sweden (163,000) and Hungary (163,000) were the EU countries receiving the most asylum applications – together they account for 62% of total EU asylum applications. (Source: BBC News)

In the UK

  • The UK was only the 9th highest receiving country for asylum applications within the EU in 2015 (39,000 applicants).
  • We currently host about 169,100 refugees and asylum seekers – that’s less than 2 per 1,000 of the population. (Source: Refugee Council)
  • In 2015, the UK had 60 asylum applications for every 100,000 residents, compared to a Europe wide average of 260. (Source: BBC News)
  • In the last 3 months of 2015, the combined boroughs within Surrey had 17 asylum seekers receiving support. (Source: BBC News)

What about unaccompanied children?

  • At the end of 2015 there were 3,043 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) claims in the UK (up 56% on 2014). (Source: City of Sanctuary)
  • 9% of all UK asylum claims now come from children.
    (Source: City of Sanctuary)

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