The Global Refugee Crisis
- Per the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR)’s report from June 2018, there are over 25 million refugees globally. Over 44,000 people are forced to flee their homes daily due to fear of conflict and persecution.
- Africa hosts 25% of the global refugee population with over 20 million persons of concern residing in Sub Sahara Africa alone. The vast majority of these persons reside in Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan and Uganda.
- Most of Africa’s refugees have been displaced by protracted conflicts in South Sudan, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Burundi, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Over 59% of refugees in Africa are children.
- Currently, the ongoing conflict in South Sudan is the 3rd largest refugee crisis globally behind those in Syria and Afghanistan. Over 2 million persons are displaced within South Sudan and an additional 2 million have become refugees and are displaced in neighboring countries with the largest population in Uganda.
You can read the most recent African Regional Summary Report for 2018-2019 from the UNHCR here: