At the end of 2019, the UN Refugee Agency reported that there are more than 79.5 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people worldwide – the highest level ever recorded. Of the 79.5 million displaced, 26 million are refugees, over half of whom are children.
A Growing Crisis
The United Nations has deemed this the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. While the crisis in Syria has dominated the media, it is important to remember, hold in prayer, advocate for, and support refugees from conflict zones across the globe – as well as the countries that host them.
Refugees All Over the World
The largest refugee populations are from Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Myanmar. The top refugee-hosting countries include Turkey, Colombia, Pakistan, Uganda, and Germany.
Resettlement is the last option for any refugee, when it is not possible for the refugee to return home or to integrate into the country which first offered asylum. Resettlement is a long and arduous process, an opportunity available to only a tiny fraction of refugees. In fact, at current rates of resettlement, less than 1% of refugees will ever be resettled.