Crisis in Context: The Global Refugee Problem

Crisis in Context: The Global Refugee Problem

In 2015, nearly sixty million people were displaced worldwide — the most since World War II — with the civil war in Syria that began in 2011 accounting for much of the increase, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. According to the report, Crisis in Context: The Global Refugee Problem (23 pages, PDF), nearly two-thirds of all displaced people, or 38.2 million, are IDPs concentrated in a few countries — 19.9 percent of them in Syria, 15.8 percent in Colombia, 8.6 percent in Iraq, 8.1 percent in Sudan, and 7.2 percent in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The report calls on the international community to address the conditions that force people into hazardous flight from their homes, on key Gulf States to increase funding for humanitarian relief, allow Syrian refugees to work, and become signatories of the United Nations refugee convention; on the European Union to establish an outpost in Izmir, Turkey, to process refugees; and on the United States to share a greater burden of accepting refugees.