FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From Syria to Burma to central Africa, more than 50 million people have been driven from their homes, and forced to seek refuge from violent conflict, political, religious or ethnic persecution and natural disasters.
The trends are alarming. Today’s new report from the UN High Commission for Refugees tells us that, since 2011, Syria has gone from being the world’s second largest refugee-hosting country to being its second largest refugee-producing country. In Iraq last week, more than 300,000 people fled from ISIL violence in Mosul.
And earlier this week, we heard of the appalling suffering and unacceptable conditions in internally displaced camps in Burma. While we will continue to provide life-saving aid, it is the job of the Burmese Government to address the crisis immediately and to allow unimpeded access for humanitarian agencies to all people in need of assistance.
Every person fleeing their home deserves compassion and help, and to live with dignity.
The spirit of World Refugee Day demands that we redouble our efforts to prevent the conflicts and circumstances that force families to flee, and create the conditions that get them safely back home.
Background on Refugee Issues:
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