In our daily lives, we often worry about seemingly important things such as busy hours, work deadlines, busy schedules, and more. Think about where your next meal will come from, or what it's like if you and your family can endure another night in the midst of a vicious struggle. This is the reality of the world's refugees and displaced persons. When we consider how hard life is for these immigrants, our concerns seem small.
The lives of refugees revolve around survival and hope for a peaceful future. While many people in the U.S. and abroad travel from one business date to another or rush from one class to another, refugees often take the time to make sure they and their families have enough food and water.
While the camps have provided some assistance, many are overcrowded and basic supplies remain in short supply. Food, water and shelter are the top priorities for these camps. As a result, they have limited access to health care, education and job opportunities.
The more we learn about refugees, the more we can change our own lives to positively impact the lives of refugees around the world. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to refugees around the world.
1% of the world's population is displaced.
These include refugees and internally displaced persons who have been forced to flee their countries.
More than half of the world's refugees are under the age of 18.
Due to increasing wars and natural disasters around the world, many young people have to leave their homes.
More than 80% of the world's refugees live in developing countries.
Developed countries host 16% of the world's refugees, while less developed countries host 84%. This puts pressure on their already fragile economic structures, making them even more vulnerable.
Difficulty meeting the needs of a growing refugee population.
About 70 percent of refugee families are poor.
These refugees have difficulty meeting the basic needs of their families.
Five countries alone account for 68 per cent of the refugee population.
6.6 million Syrian refugees, 3.7 million Venezuelan refugees, 2.2 million South Sudanese and 1.1 million Myanmar refugees make up the five countries that account for 68% of the total refugee population.
Over 95% of placement needs were not met.
An estimated 1.4 million refugees will be replaced by their host countries. Only 5% of these people could migrate to another country in 2019.
There are more refugees living in cities than refugees living in camps.
Up to 60% of refugees live in cities, unable to support themselves and their families.
While there are fewer refugees in the camps, some have lived there for decades because they don't have much support to help them live on their own.
Only about 3 percent of refugees were able to return home.
Over time, the number of displaced persons able to return home has decreased. Those who were able to return to their home countries could not make up the death toll.