Current levels of global forced displacement remain at unprecedented levels and as a result, resettlement continues to gain global attention as the search for protection and solutions for refugees is more urgent and challenging than before. The world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.
An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home by conflict and persecution as of the end of 2016. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people, who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
The conflict in Syria, now in its seventh year, was the world’s biggest producer of refugees (5.5 million). Humanitarian needs in Syria have increased significantly since the beginning of the crisis, with 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 6 million children. Over 400,000 people have been killed and more than 1 million injured since 2010.