In her message, “God of the Displaced Ones,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, Jenny Yang went through a lot of notes on displaced people, including statistics, figures, quotes and more that I wanted to share here.
A total of 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of 2015.
It is the first time in history that the threshold of 60 million has been crossed.
The tally is greater than the population of the United Kingdom – or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand – combined.
On average 24 people were forced to flee each minute in 2015, four times more than a decade earlier, when six people fled every 60 seconds.
Graphic from UNHCR
3 Reasons for this:
- Conflicts that cause large refugee outflows are lasting longer.
- New or reignited conflicts and situations of insecurity are occurring more frequently.
- The rate at which solutions are being found has been on a falling trend.