UNHCR Global Appeal Report

Briefing Notes, 7 December 2012

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards to whom quoted text may be attributed at the press briefing, on 7 December 2012, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR's Global Appeal update for 2013, which contains information on our country operations and funding needs has just been published and is available to interested media online at http://www.unhcr.org/ga13/index.xml. The Global Appeal contains valuable reference material for journalists interested in covering refugee and displaced person issues.

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Global Trends photo essay: Flight to safety 2014

Global displacement, from wars, conflict, and persecution, is at the highest level ever recorded, and accelerating fast. Worldwide, one in every 122 humans is now uprooted. If displacement was the population of a country, it would be the world's 24th biggest.

UNHCR's new annual Global Trends report reveals a sharp escalation in the number of people forced to flee their homes, with 59.5 million forcibly displaced at the end of 2014, compared to 51.2 million a year earlier. During 2014, an average of 42,500 people became displaced every day.

The war that erupted in Syria in 2011 has propelled it into the world's single largest driver of displacement, but instability and conflict in places like the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Burundi and Afghanistan is also contributing heavily.

With huge shortages of funding and wide gaps in the global regime for protecting victims of war, people in desperate need of help are being abandoned. Now, more than ever, the world must work together to build and preserve peace.

Meet just some of the displaced...

Global Trends photo essay: Flight to safety 2014

2011 Global Trends

UNHCR's annual Global Trends report shows 2011 to have been a record year for forced displacement across borders, with more people becoming refugees than at any time since 2000. Of the 4.3 million people newly displaced in 2011, 800,000 actually left their countries and thus became refugees.

Worldwide, 42.5 million people ended 2011 either as refugees (15.2 million), internally displaced (26.4 million) or in the process of seeking asylum (895,000).

The report also highlights several worrying trends: One is that forced displacement is affecting larger numbers of people globally, with the annual number exceeding 42 million in the last five years. Another is that a person who becomes a refugee is likely to remain one for several years: of the 10.4 million refugees under UNHCR's mandate, almost three-quarters (7.1 million) have been in protracted exile for at least five years awaiting a solution.

2011 Global Trends

Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

The UN refugee agency has launched a US$60 million appeal to fund its work helping hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees and internally displaced people. The new appeal concludes that unremitting violence in Iraq will likely mean continued mass internal and external displacement affecting much of the surrounding region. The appeal notes that the current exodus is the largest long-term population movement in the Middle East since the displacement of Palestinians following the creation of Israel in 1948.

UNHCR has warned that the longer this conflict goes on, the more difficult it will become for the hundreds of thousands of displaced and the communities that are trying to help them – both inside and outside Iraq. Because the burden on host communities and governments in the region is enormous, it is essential that the international community support humanitarian efforts.

The US$60 million will cover UNHCR's protection and assistance programmes for Iraqi refugees in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, as well as non-Iraqi refugees and internally displaced people within Iraq itself.

Posted on 10 January 2007

Iraqi Refugees in Jordan