First-Class Refugees Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90
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First-Class Refugees

By the end of 2016, over 65 million people were on the run from war and violence.

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This was the announcement made by the refugee aid agency of the United Nations, the UNHCR, on the occasion of World Refugee Day. This is an all-time peak; and that without any mention of Palestinian refugees. “We are first-class refugees,” Khaqim, a Palestinian dealer from the Gaza Strip, told Israel Today.   In the UN report it states: “The total figure includes 40.3 million people uprooted within the borders of their own countries… Meanwhile, the total number seeking asylum globally was 2.8 million… On average, 20 people were driven from their homes every minute last year, or one every three…

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