Every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution, or terror. Over 70 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced – they are either refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), asylum seekers, stateless people, or returnees. That means, 1 in 113 people on earth are fitting into one of these categories. Among them are nearly 30 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
Wars, conflicts, religious or political persecution, and human rights violations force people to flee their homes and communities to start a new life free of persecution and fear. Often starting a new life with nothing but the clothes on their backs, these refugees struggle to receive even basic human rights.
The pandemic has tested our strength and highlighted systematic inequalities. It has also connected us in new ways and renewed our motivation to act for equality.