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South Sudanese refugee children catch water overflowing from a reservoir being filled at the Imvepi reception center, northern Uganda, June 9, 2017 (AP photo by Ben Curtis).

Anchors, Not Walls: New Approaches to Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Last Tuesday, which was World Refugee Day, the United Nations refugee agency reported three new shipwrecks off the coast of Libya involving vessels carrying refugees and migrants. One of them, a rubber dinghy, “began taking on water just hours into its journey,” and 129 people were missing after it capsized. Another boat, which was carrying 85 people, including many families with children, broke in two before sinking. The U.N. reports that more than 77,000 people have tried to make the sea crossing to Europe so far this year.

The U.N. refugee agency’s Global Trends study for 2016, released to coincide with World Refugee Day, reported that 65.6 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced by the end of last year, more than at any point in the agency’s history. Of that figure, 40.3 million were displaced within their own countries, while 22.5 million had crossed international borders as refugees. A further 2.8 million were asylum seekers. ...

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