More than two million people lee as refugees this year

Vastavam web:  Conflicts, violence and persecution in Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria and elsewhere have forced more than two million people to flee as refugees this year, the UN refugee chief said today.At the end of 2016, a record 65.6 million people had been uprooted from their homes worldwide, with 22.5 million of them registered as refugees.Calling for more international cooperation and support to address the crisis, he pointed to the dire needs of the more than half a million Rohingya Muslims who crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25.
During the same period, 50,000 refugees had flooded out of South Sudan and another 18,000 had fled clashes in the Central African Republic, he said.War-ravaged Syria continues to account for the world’s largest number of forcibly displaced people, with civilians there still bearing the brunt of clashes.”Border closures, restrictive asylum procedures, indefinite detention in appalling conditions, offshore processing, pressure for premature returns all have regrettably proliferated,” he said.
He said resettlement was vital to addressing the growing refugee problem and decried that countries were dragging their feet.Grandi also warned that his organisation was facing a dramatic funding shortage and was increasingly being “faced with impossible choices”, which in some cases was leaving refugees without protection and host communities without support.In 2016, UNHCR had USD 4.4 billion available funds, but still ended the year with a 41-per cent shortfall.