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World Refugee Day: Every four seconds someone is forced to flee

WRD 2014
20/06/2014

Marking World Refugee Day, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a new global trends report which states that every four seconds someone in the world is forced to flee; literally in a blink of an eye. Every year, natural disasters, conflicts and human rights violations force millions of people to flee from destruction, violence and persecution. Refugees' survival often depends on international assistance and protection and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) remains committed to helping these people in need.

The alarming figures released today show a new global record with more than 51 million people forcibly displaced around the world: 16.7 million people have become refugees, 33.3 million were internally displaced and 1.2 million sought asylum according to UNHCR's Global Trends 2013 report. Adding to this tragedy is that 50% of the refugee population are children below 18 years old.

ECHO puts refugees at the heart of its mandate mobilising a significant part of its humanitarian budget for this cause – €546 million or 42% of its 2013 budget. From this ECHO supported projects for refugees and internally displaced people in 33 countries addressing basic needs for human survival such as shelter, food, nutrition and clean water.

The banner above highlights the partnership between ECHO and UNHCR in helping refugees around the world and is displayed in the Berlin metro to mark the World Refugee Day.

Join us today for a special EU/UNHCR twitter chat on World Refugee Day at 2-3 pm (CET).
Ask your questions on humanitarian actions and the Global Trends Report using #RefugeeQAs