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What is the current global refugee situation?

While the refugee crisis in Ukraine has dominated the news, other refugee crises are at risk of being forgotten. This World Refugee Day, let refugees know they are not forgotten.  

Millions of people are being uprooted from their homes and countries, from either armed conflict, socio-economic instability or natural disasters. Forcing them to escape by land, sea, or air. Men, women and especially children are becoming vulnerable refugees or internally displaced in search of safety and the ability to meet their basic needs, changing their reality forever. 

Refugees and internally displaced people are struggling like never before due to the rising prices caused by inflation, climate impact, the end of pandemic support, ongoing conflicts and shrinking levels of life-saving assistance due to a severely underfunded response. 

How does being a refugee impact children?

Children are particularly vulnerable to displacement. They face dangers as they flee to safety. Refugee children often face discrimination and lack access to even their basic rights. They do not get an education, they are exposed to violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation, there is a lack of shelter for children and they become malnourished. 

36.5 million forcibly displaced around the world are children. 

The health and well-being measures of refugee children are falling. Many lack access to good food or clean water and they are missing pivotal life-building experiences like play and education.   

Invisible and Forgotten: Displaced children hungrier and at more risk than ever

Invisible and forgotten: Displaced children hungrier and at more risk than ever

Today more people are on the move than ever before – more than twice as many as 10 years ago – with nearly half of them (41%) under the age of 18. This is the third year World Vision has surveyed forcibly displaced children and families about their experiences and situations.

How does World Vision support refugees?

Through the provision of food, health and nutrition assistance, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) support, safe spaces for children to learn and play, vocational training and livelihood programmes and cash, voucher transfers and social protection, World Vision is providing a window of hope for refugees.   

Our staff on the ground works to meet the needs of refugee children as well as the host communities, which are often intrinsically connected. 

Together with grassroots organizations and local governments including faith leaders, we work to ensure children and their families have access to the resources they need to survive, recover and build a future, including clean water, adequate shelter, safe spaces, nutritious food and educational opportunities among other things. 

It is important to remember that refugees are agents of their own future. They may need help now, but they have agency in their own lives. We can and should celebrate refugee success stories

Stories of hope. Changing lives for good.

Syrian refugee children in a camp

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