World Refugee Day
June 20, 2014 is World Refugee Day. To honor refugees and mark the day, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has created a series of videos, essays and photos to tell refugee stories. People can share their refugee stories or view these stories on a special World Refugee Day web site: http://stories.unhcr.org/. According to the UNHCR, there are now about 51.2 million people displaced by war and persecution, up 6 million on figures for a year earlier. The increase was driven by the war in Syria, which shows no sign of ending. This number of forcibly displaced people was higher than it had ever been since the end of World War II.
Some 15 million are refugees who have fled to other countries. Most refugees receive assistance in the country to which they flee, and eventually return to their country of origin. Less than one percent are permanently resettled in other countries. Of the refugees who are resettled to third countries, the United States accepts more than half. www.unhcr.org.