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)
- 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?
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