2131 persons asked for asylum in 2018

center_img More than 70 million fled war, persecution and conflict in 2018 – UNHCRThe number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018. This was the highest level that UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency has witnessed in its almost 70 years.Almost 70.8 million persons around the world are now forcibly displaced according to data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report. This means an increase of 2.3 million persons over 2017, and double the level of 20 years.UN High Commissioner for Refugee Filippo Grandi said that “What we are seeing in these figures is further confirmation of a longer-term rising trend of people needing safety from war, conflict and persecution. While language around migrants is often divisive, we are also witnessing an outpouring of generosity and solidarity by communities who are themselves hosting large number of refugees.” Grandi remarked that an unprecedented engagement by new actors is also being observed, “which not only reflects but also delivers the spirit of the Global Compact on Refugees”.Grandi further stated that one must build on these positive examples and redouble solidarity with people who are forced to flee their homes on a daily basis.WhatsApplast_img read more