WRD 2018 Fact #2

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Myth: Refugees are invading Western Europe.

Fact: Over 80% of refugees are in developing countries.

While headlines sometimes make it seem like refugees are invading Europe, the vast majority of refugees remain in developing nations, very often stuck in limbo states, with no legal residency or work status. NaTakallam works predominantly with this category of displaced people. Based on the latest UNHCR report, Lebanon is the country that hosts the highest density of refugees worldwide while Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan and Iran host the highest number of refugees overall, with Uganda and Ethiopia close behind.

Source:

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/06/eighty-four-percent-of-refugees-live-in-developing-countries/

WRD 2018 Fact #1

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Myth: Refugees are mostly adult males.

Fact: More than half of the world’s refugees are children.

A commonly held belief about refugees is that they are mostly adult men – however, more than half of the world’s refugees are children under the age of 18. Combined with the adult female population, this makes adult men the minority group among the global refugee population. This demographic breakdown holds true for almost every regional crisis. For example, the UNHCR reported that the “vast majority” of Rohingya refugees are women and children, including newborn babies. Additionally, when looking at resettled refugee populations, the IRC reported that the United States predominantly admits refugee families.

Sources:

http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.html

https://www.rescue.org/article/seven-common-myths-about-refugee-resettlement-united-states

https://www.unrefugees.org/refugee-facts/statistics/