Refugees Information Sources
Refugee Realities | Based on 2016 UNHCR “Global Trends Forced Displacement” Report
Frequently Asked Questions
How many forcibly displaced people (FDP) are in the world?
A. 6 million. The number includes refugees, internally displaced persons (IDP), asylum‐seekers and stateless persons.
How many people were newly uprooted every day in 2016?
A. 30,000. This means that 20 new people were uprooted every minute in 2016.
How many of the world’s FDP are internally displaced (IDP)?
A. 3 million. Internally displaced people have been forced to flee their homes, but not their country. IDPs and refugees are often uprooted by similar causes (e.g. war, persecution, violations of human rights, etc.). Some IDPs are displaced by natural disasters.
How many refugees are in the world?
A. 5 million. Refugees are people who were forced to flee their country of origin in search of safety. To receive refugee protection, they have to prove that they could not find refuge within their country of origin and that the authorities in their homeland either could not or would not protect them.
How many Palestinian refugees are in the world?
A. 3 million. This is the number of Palestinian refugees receiving care from UNRWA initiative.
How many asylum‐seekers are in the world?
A. 8 million. An asylum‐seeker is an individual seeking international protection and whose claim for refugee status has not yet been determined.
How many stateless people are in the world?
A. 10 million. Stateless persons “are not considered as nationals by any State under the operation of its In other words, they do not possess the nationality of any State.” –UNHCR
What can you tell me about the average refugee in the world today?
- 49% of the world’s refugees are women and girls.
- 51% of the world’s refugees are under 18 years old.
- 84% of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries.
What country received the most refugees per capita in 2016?
A. Lebanon continued to host the largest number of refugees relative to its national population, where 1 in 6 people was a refugee. Jordan (1 in 11) and Turkey (1 in 28) ranked second and third, respectively.
What countries are producing the greatest number of refugees? A. More than half (55%) of the world’s refugees come from just 3 countries, Syria (5.5m), Afghanistan (2.5m), and South Sudan (1.4m).
What countries are producing the most refugees and IDPs?
- Syria (12m)
- Afghanistan (2.5m)
- South Sudan (4m)
- Somalia (0m)
- R. Congo
- Central African Republic
(Altogether, refugees from the top 10 countries of origin accounted for 13.5 million refugees, or 79 percent of the global refugee population under UNHCR’s mandate – an increasing proportion compared with 2015 (76 per cent)).
What part of the world hosts the most refugees?
A. 84% of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing nation
What countries host the largest number of refugees?
A. Turkey (9m), Pakistan (1.4m), Lebanon (1.0m), Iran (979,400), Uganda (940,800), Ethiopia, Jordan (685,200), Germany (669500), DRC, Kenya.
What countries received the most resettled refugees in 2016?
A. The USA, Australia and Canada received over 90% of those who were resettled in 2016. 22,830 were resettled to the United States which was down from 66,200 in 2015.
What percentage of Refugees are children?
Children below 18 years of age constituted 51% the refugee
population in 2016, as in recent years. Children make up an estimated 31 percent of the total world population.
What does the Bible have to say about refugees and forcibly displaced people (FDP)?
- A. More than you think. Click here to learn more
The Refugee Highway is more than numbers. Each statistic represents a name, a face, a heart and soul – a precious life.
Their lives are more than stories of suffering and loss. They are tales of courage, resourcefulness and resilience. The people who are forced to travel the Highway are worthy of our respect.
If this overview of Refugee Realities has stirred your heart, take the next step. Find out if there are refugees in your community. See if there are opportunities to volunteer and help them integrate. Extend friendship to them. Invite them into your home and ask them to share their story.
Pray with and for them. I was a stranger, and you invited me in. ‐Jesus