World Refugee Day – June 20

Latest statistics form the UNHCR for 2006 indicate that of the 20.8 million people of concern:

  • 8.4 million are refugees who have fled their countries due to civil wars and ethnic, tribal and religious violence and who cannot return home.
  • 6.6 million are internally displaced persons – people forced to flee their homes, but who have not crossed a border
  • 2.4 million are stateless people
  • 1.6 million are returnees
  • 773,000 are asylum seekers
  • 960,000 are others of concern

Fifty years after the adoption of the UN Convention on Refugees, the decade we live in has seen more of the world’s people than ever before seeking refuge from war, persecution or disaster. This special report tells the stories behind the statistics, using first-person testimonies and in-depth interviews to trace the journey from home into exile. It asks why refugees are still fleeing, where they go, and examines how we treat them.

BBC Special Report: The Road to Refuge

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