KARACHI – Pakistan has become a home to 1.5 million refugees and comes at second position after Turkey which hosts 1.59 million, as mentioned in a report by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Shah Ahmed Saeed, consul general of Afghanistan at an event held in a local hotel on World Refugee Day said, “It is alarming to see the rise of violence and emergence of new conflicts, forcing populations to flee their homes and end up as refugees in other countries. This is an international catastrophe which needs global attention.”
When refugees flee their own countries, most of them wind up in the world’s less-developed nations, with Turkey, Iran and Pakistan hosting the largest numbers.
At the end of 2014, the world’s top host for refugees was Turkey, sheltering 1.59 million people, followed by Pakistan (1.51 million) and Lebanon (1.15 million).
The report showed that a huge amount of individuals that is 59.5 million were displaced from their homes worldwide at the end of 2014, “as a result of persecution, conflict, generalised violence, or human rights violations.”
More than half of the world’s refugees are children, up from 41 percent in 2009, while the total number of people who fled their homes has spiked by 40 percent in just three years.
Globally the ongoing conflict in Syria was producing the highest number of refugees, while the Afghan refugees in south-west Asia remained the world’s most expanded refugee population, with 95 per cent of this population being in Pakistan and Iran.
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