The Refugee Problem

28 Dec

This has been a terrible year for the world with a record number of natural and man-induced disasters. One of the raging issues is that of the refugee problem that I want to address in this article.

There are now 60 million forcibly displaced people in the world, a statistic which dates only in June 2015 by the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR. The number has only been increasing and most of them originate from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. [1][2]



It is important to differentiate between an immigrant and a refugee in those circumstances. A confusion which should not happen given the severe state of the issue. A partition which is important for implementing new international laws or new “deals”  specifically for refugees. One million refugees have arrived on boat to Europe in this year alone and international support is required for the issue. International support, not only because of the issue of resettlement but also because of its impact on global peace and security as explained by António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. New York, 21 December 2015 at the United Nations Security Council (7592nd Meeting) briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria.[3]



This issue also prevails in Africa, with half a million people including refugees, asylum-seekers and returnees resulting from national security, trafficking, human smuggling, abuse of the asylum system and more. Being the small island that we are, we are also limited by the ways in which we can help and we do not receive many refugees. [4]



[Snapshot 2012] showing immigration paths from Afghanistan

The one thing we can do right now is to donate, spread awareness and change the life of at least one refugee with every donation that we make. Below is a list compiled for providing help.

UN Refugee Agency

The UN Refugee Agency is on the ground providing life-saving protection but we need your help.

Save The Children

Your gift by December 31 will go twice as far for the world’s most vulnerable children until the 31st of December.


International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee is providing relief to millions of uprooted people inside Syria; in neighboring Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan; in Afghanistan; on the shores of Greece; and in our 26 resettlement offices in the United States. Donate now.


The Guardian and The Observer

We Stand Together: a stand against intolerance, and fear; a stand for empathy and generosity.” – Katharine Viner, Editor-in-chief…


– Lokhesh Ujhoodha









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