There are Now More Than 50 Million Refugees Around the World

The Institute for Economics and Peace released its Global Peace Index today, and the insights were troubling. According to the index, the world has become less peaceful in the last eight years, and one of the consequences is that more than 50 million people have been forced from their homes as refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs). As The Atlantic points out, that’s “one in every 133 people worldwide,” or roughly the equivalent of the combined populations of Australia and Taiwan. It’s the highest number of refugees and IDPs since WWII. The number of IDPs has grown by more than 300 percent in the last 11 years, with conflicts in the Middle East, Colombia, Congo and Somalia displacing civilians. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre estimates the annual economic toll of displacement is almost $100 billion …

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