VIENNA, 20 June (UN Information Service) - On this World Refugee Day, let us remember the plight of the millions of people worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict and persecution.  At the end of 2014, 59.5 million persons - the highest number on record - were forcibly displaced around the globe.  This means that one in every 122 human beings today is either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum.

Sunday, 21 June 2015 09:41

World Refugee Day

20 June 2015: The world we live in today has more people displaced by conflict than at any time since the Second World War. According to UNHCR’s recently released annual Global Trends report, last year saw the highest displacement on record. By end 2014, 59.5 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations.

Sunday, 21 June 2015 09:10

UN Envoy marks World Refugee Day

Baghdad 20 June 2015 - Today marks the annual commemoration of World Refugee Day, which is earmarked by the United Nations as a day of solidarity with the world's refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Iraq -IOM Iraq’s report “Iraqi Returnees from Syria Following the 2011 Syria Crisis” published this week, assesses the living conditions of Iraqis who fled to Syria to escape violence and persecution in Iraq and later, since 2011, returned to Iraq, seeking refuge from the civil conflict in Syria.

Erbil, 10 December – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the United Nations (UN) continue to make a concerted effort to track and monitor displacement throughout the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I).

Duhok, Iraq— The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), this week, inaugurated the first soccer pitch in the Domiz Camp for Syrian Refugees to enable the youth there exercise their favorite game.

Erbil, 28 April 2014; As part of its initiatives to guarantee young Syrian refugees their right to quality education, UNESCO Office for Iraq expanded its activities in the camps, launching a new series of training targeting teachers and parents in the two main camps of Darashkran and Kawargowsak in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.  

Erbil, 27 April 2014 - UNWomen today launched a report on gender based violence amongst Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  The study found increased levels of intimate partner violence; high levels of sexual harassment by employers and by taxi drivers; and significant numbers of reports of sexual commercial transactions inside and outside camps.  Almost all men reported feeling afraid for the safety of their wives and daughters. 

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