Monday, June 20, 2011

The world does not stop the bleeding of refugees

At the end of 2010 there were 43.7 million refugees worldwide, the highest in the last 15 years, according to a report released Monday by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Specifically, the report Global Trends 2010 counted 15.4 million refugees accredited, 27.5 million internally displaced and 850,000 asylum seekers.

The paper highlights that 80 percent of refugees are hosted in developing countries, such as recalls Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres. "Fear of floods of refugees supeustas confused with the issue of immigration. However, it is the poorest who have to take responsibility," said Guterres in a statement included in the UNHCR report. Afghans are the largest group of refugees (three million), followed by Iraqis, Somalis and Congolese. The UNHCR count does not include the nearly five million Palestinians, most served by the United Nations for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which makes them the largest group.

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