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October 4, 2017

Nearly 2 million people worldwide became refugees this year

Since the beginning of the year, more than 2 million people became refugees worldwide. It was reported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, UNN informs with reference to Reuters. 

“So far in 2017, more than 2 million people have fled their countries as refugees” Grandi told. 

Among them, 650,000 from South Sudan and 500,000 Muslim Rohingya, who have escaped violence from Myanmar to Bangladesh during the past five week, Grandi noted. 

According to his words, “border closures,” limited entry, restrictions during asylum procedures, detention of refugees in terrible conditions have became more frequent. 

UN Commissioner also reports about the reduction of the number of resettlement places. 

“It is therefore an issue of major concern that fewer than 100,000 resettlement places are expected to be available this year – a drop of 43 per cent from 2016,” he said. 

It should be reminded that the UN has declared that the number of Muslim Rohingya, who escaped from Myanmar to Bangladesh as the result of mass conflicts, exceeded 500,000 persons.