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A child fleeing war in Syria is lifted over a border fence at […]
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Thousands of desperate Syrian refugees seek safety in Turkey after outbreak of fresh fighting

Added: 17 Jun 2015

Renewed fighting in northern Syria since June 3 has sent a further 23,135 refugees fleeing across the border into Turkey's southern Sanliurfa province. Some 70 per cent of these are women and children, according to information received by UNHCR this week. Most of the new arrivals are Syrians escaping […]
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Syrian Kurdish refugees cross into Turkey from Syria, near the […]
©UNHCR/I.Prickett

Global Trends photo essay: Flight to safety 2014

Added: 17 Jun 2015

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 […]
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Desperate Rohingya, crowded onto a vessel that came to be known […]
©AFP/C.Archambault

Desperation on the Andaman Sea

Added: 22 May 2015

For days, they were an undertow, an unseen tide of people adrift in the Andaman Sea. UNHCR and its partners had warned that thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshis were held captive at sea, then abandoned as their crew fled government crackdowns on smuggling and trafficking networks. Then a green boat […]
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Yacoub and his family fled inter-communal violence in Myanmar's […]
©S.H. Omi

Exodus from the Bay of Bengal

Added: 11 May 2015

Their stories are harrowing, detailing abuse on overcrowded smugglers' boats from Bangladesh and Myanmar. Those who survive suffer further violence - sometimes fatal - in jungle camps, until their relatives can pay for their release. Yet Rohingya and Bangladeshis continue to sail from the Bay of Bengal […]
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A father and son walk through the ruins of their home town of […]
©UNHCR/B.Diab

Number of Internally Displaced Soars to Record 38 Million in 2014

Added: 07 May 2015

Last year, 30,000 people were internally displaced across the globe every day, bringing the total to a record 38 million, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council. This is the equivalent of the total populations of London, New York and Beijing combined. Most of these 38 million men, women and children […]
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