Refugee numbers surge to 1% of the world’s population

GEORGI LICOVSKI

Afghan migrants without permission to cross the border near Gevgelija, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 23 February 2016.

Refugee numbers surge to 1% of the world’s population


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According to the 2018 Global Peace Index approximately 1% of the world’s population – or 65,6 million people – were refugees at the end of 2016.

The number of refugees is comparable to the population of France or the UK.

More than half of the world’s refugees (55%) are from Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan. The flow of refugees is not likely to subside as conflict remains at its highest level in a decade.

The surge in refugee flows has also become a major political theme with anti-migrant parties gaining ground across Europe.

In 2017 the global economic cost of war and violence was estimated to be $14.8 trillion, or 12.4% of global output, and amounts to $2,000 per person.

The Global Peace Index is published annually by the Institute of Economics and Peace; this is the fourth edition of the index.

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