Friday, May 13, 2016

Global Displacement Worst EVER!

Wars, droughts, famine, poverty....all good reasons to pack up your stuff and leave.  But where do you go?  Europe?  America? Turkey?  Lebanon?

Here's what we do's the worst EVER!

The global internal displacement crisis is the worst it's ever been

In the 12 months of 2015, there were 27.8 million new displacements equivalent to the combined populations of New York City, London, Paris and Cairo, according to a report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

Although the current migration crisis is by no means a small issue, the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) is double the number of refugees worldwide, IDMC said.

The number of IDPs is the highest it has ever been: 40.8 million and last year there were 8.6 million new people displaced after fleeing conflict within their countries, according to the analysis published for the first time. In this article, the Telegraph picks out some of the key findings.

Middle East: Home to half of all new IDPs

The centre pointed out the continued rise in IDPs since 2003 and blamed the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and the start of the Arab spring in late 2010 for the displacement crisis in the Middle East. Last year, 4.8 million people were newly displaced in the Middle East only.

In Syria, 1.5 million more "incidents of new displacement" were recorded last year and more than 1.1 million in Iraq. As the Syrian civil war continues, it remains the cause of one of the largest displacement crises since the Second World War.

The report also showed that Yemen had the highest number of new IDPs "largely the result of Saudi-led air strikes and an economic blockade imposed on the civilian population".

It added: "Nearly 2.2 million men, women and children were forced to flee their homes during the year, a 20-fold increase on the 2014 estimate of new displacements."

In all but one of Yemen's 22 governorates, people were forced to leave their homes, the report authors said, in a country which is already one of the poorest in the Arab world.

Three-quarters of the world's internally displaced population are in the ten countries listed above in the chart. Five of those countries - Sudan, South Sudan, Iraq, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo - have featured in this top 10 highest IDP populations since 2003 where conflict has raged, killing hundreds of thousands.


When millions of people get up and move, it causes turmoil on them and turmoil and burden on their host countries.  When enough conflict happens between the newbies and their host countries the conditions become ripe for anger, resentment, conflict and war.

"There will be wars and rumors of war, famines and earthquakes in various places.  Race will rise against race and kingdom against kingdom." sure seems like the birth pangs just keep coming.


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