MembersFirst-Class Refugees

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

By Aviel Schneider |
Palestinians receive their monthly food aid at a United Nations distribution center (UNRWA) in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on January 17, 2018. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90 Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

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 seconds… In terms of overall displacement, Syria still accounts for the biggest numbers, with 12 million people (65 per cent of the population) displaced internally or living outside the country as refugees. However in 2016 the biggest new factor was South Sudan, where the disastrous break-off of peace efforts in July of that year contributed to an outflow of 737,400 people by the...

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