Refugee 101

Refugee 101

Wondering about Refugee Resettlement? Where do people come from? How do people get chosen to come to the United States? How do they get here? Who sets the number of people who can come? These are all very good questions addressed below. Keep scrolling to find out more about the refugee resettlement program. If you want to learn even more, join us at a Glocal Training!

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Refugee 101 Questions

How many forcibly displaced people (FDP) are in the world in 2023?

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110 million. The number includes refugees, internally displaced persons (IDP), asylum‐seekers and stateless persons. 68% of the FDP in the world originated from just five countries.

How many refugees are there in the world in 2023?

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36.4 million refugees. Refugees are people who were forced to flee their country of origin in search of safety. To receive refugee protection, they have to prove that they could not find refuge within their country of origin and that the authorities in their homeland either could not or would not protect them.

What are the top three countries FDPs originated from in 2023?

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Syria (6.5 million), Afghanistan (6.1 million), Ukraine (5.9 million)

What percentage of the world’s refugees are hosted in developing countries?

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75 % are hosted in low and middle low-income countries

How much of the world’s FDPs are children?

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43.3 million are children and 1.9 million children were born as refugees

What are the top five countries that hosted FDPs in 2019/2020?

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Iran and Turkey are tied (3.4 million), Germany (2.5 million), Colombia (2.5 million), Pakistan (2.1 million)

How many Palestinian refugees are in the world?

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There are approximately 6 million Palestinian refugees scattered across three countries, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Approximately one in three refugees worldwide is Palestinian. 

How many people are Stateless (They have no passport or formal nationality)

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4.4 million stateless people live in 97 countries, although the actual number is estimated to be significantly higher. 

How many asylum‐seekers are in the world?

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6.1 million people are asylum-seekers. An asylum‐seeker is an individual seeking international protection and whose claim for refugee status has not yet been determined.

What are the top 5 origins of U.S. Refugee Arrivals?

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1. Democratic Republic of the Congo - 33.5%
2. Myanmar 13.1%
3. Syria 12.2%
4. Afghanistan 11.2%
5. Ukraine 2.8%

What does the Bible have to say about refugees and forcibly displaced people (FDP)?

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What can the Church do to respond?

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If this overview of Refugee Realities has stirred your heart, take the next step. Find out if there are refugees in your community. See if there are opportunities to volunteer and help them integrate. Extend friendship to them. Invite them into your home and ask them to share their story.

Pray with and for them. I was a stranger, and you invited me in. ‐Jesus

Refugees Information Sources
Global Trends, Mid-year 2023