Refugees & Migrants : What's Happening?


From the civil wars in South Sudan and Syria, to the displacement of Guatemalans and the Rohingya people, it’s clear that the migrant and refugee crisis spans several continents. With so many conflicts happening at the same time, it can be difficult to track them all -- so here’s a summary of the refugee crisis to get you started.




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The number of people forcibly displaced reached an all time high of 65.6 million in 2016. That means that every minute, 20 people were displaced and forced to leave their homes to start a new life.





So how has the global refugee and migrant crisis grown so rapidly? It’s a combination of several factors, including civil war, climate change, and the rise of nativist political movements in the West. Here are 9 reasons to understand what’s happening.




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Refugees and migrants are not just a byproduct of the present world order. There’s a long history of people losing their homes, though the modern term refugee wasn’t coined until 1951, during the United Nations convention on the status of World War II refugees. Interested in learning more about the history behind the word?




The crisis in Venezuela alone has caused the displacement of more than 1.1 million people, and the Rohingya people have been facing persecution for years -- but few people know the particulars of any of these crises. As the situation in Syria grows worse, Google partnered with UNHCR to create an interactive site to bring the answers to people’s biggest questions to life.




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