In 2013, Pope Francis paid his respects to a group from North Africa who drowned in the Mediterranean seeking asylum, and questioned the world’s collective inaction in addressing the growing global refugee crisis. He referred to the deterioration in compassion as the “globalization of indifference.”
1Given the abundance of media reports and images, it can be hard to deny the sentiment. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, over 70.8 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced in 2018.
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2These figures represent the highest estimates of population displacement ever recorded. Within the 70.8 million displaced people, 41.3 million are internally displaced people (exiled from their homes but have remained either willingly or unwillingly within their country’s political borders); 3.5 million are asylum seekers (crossed international borders but are awaiting assessment to determine their refugee status); and finally, 25.9 million are refugees (fled their home country and have been granted refugee status in another country).
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHRC)
Figures at a glance: statistical yearbook.
Figures at a glance: statistical yearbook.
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Published online: October 28, 2019
Supported by the European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS+, grant no. 2018-1-NO01-KA203-03889) on behalf of the Physiotherapy and Refugee Education Project (PREP).
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