Australians Make Record Donations to Support Refugees

A UN peacekeeper keeps watch as children gather in a camp for displaced civilians in Juba South Sudan

For the fifth year in a row, the number of people displaced worldwide continued to increase from an already historically high level.

"With more than 65 million people forcible displaced globally and the number growing every day, Australian donor support is more critical than ever".

However, in 2016 the biggest new factor was South Sudan, where the disastrous break-off of peace efforts in July contributed to an outflow of 737,400 people by the end of the year.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the additional funding today on trip to the country where millions have been displaced by a civil war.

Turkey was the country hosting the largest number of refugees in the world, with 3.1 million, followed by Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Pakistan.

The vast majority of displaced people, 40.3 million, left their home but did not cross the border of their country.

He stated that, "How can I ask the low resources countries of Africa and Middle East to host the asylum seekers when the rich countries decline to do so?"

In 2016, 22.5 million refugees fled their home country - the highest number since the agency was founded in 1950.

Despite the decrease, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has termed it as a "disappointing failure" of the UN legateship.

A year ago, the village of Bidi Bidi was just that, but now it is one of the biggest refugee settlements in the world - home to more than a quarter of a million people and covering 250 square kilometres.

The figures released ahead of World Refugee Day showed that a full 10.3 million of the world's displaced people fled their homes previous year alone, including 3.4 million who crossed worldwide borders to become refugees.

Turkey hosts the most refugees at 2.9 million.

- One in 113 people worldwide is displaced.

"For a world in conflict, what is needed is determination and courage, not fear", Grandi said. A reported 39,000 people are now living in the new community, according to the Danish Refugee Council.

South Sudan's civil war, which began in December 2013, has left tens of thousands dead and forced a total of 3.7 million people from their homes - almost a third of the population.

"The richest and most stable countries from Europe to the USA do their uttermost to keep refugees away".

By the end of 2016, 3.3 million people from the world's newest country had fled their homes, more than half to neighbouring countries.

UNHCR estimates that at least 10 million people were without a nationality or at risk of statelessness at the end of 2016.

Syria's six-year conflict alone has sent more than 5.5 million people seeking safety in other countries, including 825,000 last year alone, accounting for the world's largest group of refugees.

She also visited Jonglei region in the northeast of the country, where she observed the World Food Programme's humanitarian relief operations and spoke with local civilians, especially women, affected by the crisis, Global Affairs said in a statement.

The newly-formed WRC convened for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland this week to consider the solutions to the global refugee crisis.


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