What refugees and climate change look like in our modern world
Perhaps our world has never been so materially beautiful and so economically rich in human history than it is today. Like never before, we have made an extraordinary and impressive increase in wealth, technology, scientific knowledge, in the availability of consumer goods, in physical security, individual freedom, life expectancy, economic opportunities, in military power and so on.
But at the same time, ironically, it is disgraceful and disturbing that today our world is facing complicated humanitarian crises one after another and looming environmental disasters on a frightening scale. There have never been so many refugees and displaced people in all human history as now. We have never been so powerful on earth that our footprints are now threatening the life-support system of earth and putting our very existence at an unprecedented risk.
Given the increasing income inequality and the gap between rich and destitute—and the millions living in the refugee camps across the world and possibility of millions to be displaced due climate change in the days ahead, it much looks like refugees and people of the third world countries are paying the price of our collective failure — and of some people living in super abundance.
World refugee statistics
According to UNHCR data, there are more than 25 million refugees – and more than 48 million internally displaced people across the world now and the number is increasing every year. And 85 per cent of total refugees are hosted in the developing countries. Almost half of the refugees are children and more than one million were born as refugees in the last couple of years. Apart from this, according to United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), in 2021 there have been more 235.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the world.
There are more than 25 million refugees – and more than 48 million internally displaced people across the world now and the number is increasing every year.
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