Worldwide refugee numbers pass 65 million

On July 10, 2016, the Catholic Register published an article by Michael Swan dealing with the numbers of refugees worldwide. It is reported that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees calculates that one out of every 113 people on Earth is now either an asylum seeker, internally displaced or a refugee, with children making up 51 per cent of the world’s refugees. In Canada, since Nov. 4, 2015, 28,640 Syrian refugees have been resettled. This year Canada will resettle more than 44,000 refugees, the majority of them Syrians.

Jesuit Refugee Service Canada executive director Norbert Piché says that we should look at one person at a time, and not the numbers, or else we get depressed. Without solutions, we risk destabilization, he says.

Religious communities play an essential role in countering the forces that have created so many refugees since the turn of the century, Mark said.

Please read the entire article. Refugee Numbers

Another version of this article was also published in the B.C. Catholic Paper on July 18, 2016. You can read it here: Refugee Numbers 65 Million

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