Nearly 71 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide.
The latest data from the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shows a disturbing rise in global displacement year after year. Today, the number of people forced to flee is the highest in recorded history.
Conflict and natural disasters continue to be the main drivers of displacement, forcing people to move within their own countries or across borders as refugees.
Millions are made to leave their homes behind at a moment’s notice to escape turbulent events in their home countries. Often, these vulnerable populations are then sheltered among the poorest communities, sharing scarce resources with host communities for years. Protracted crises in Afghanistan, Syria, and South Sudan, which are responsible for the majority of the world’s refugees, have sparked a heartbreaking legacy of displacement whose impact will be felt for generations.
At Relief International, we work alongside people on the move to find safety on their journeys and upon their arrival. We make no distinction in how we respond to the needs of refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), or members of the communities that host them, taking great lengths to provide critical services to these vulnerable groups to ensure they can live with the safety and dignity they deserve.