In just seven years from 2012 to 2018, the number of refugees worldwide almost doubled, reaching an all-time high of 25.9 million. At the same time, anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiments have grown, as nationalist movements and xenophobia have flourished.
The United States – traditionally the largest resettler by far – announced in September that it will only accept a maximum of 18,000 refugees in 2020, down from the 97,000 it resettled in 2016.
This week, the inaugural Global Refugee Forum brought 3,000 people to Geneva to announce “concrete steps” towards realising the Global Compact on Refugees, which was adopted last year to improve the response and more equitably share the burden.
The conference ended with more than 770 pledges to support refugees through various channels such as policy and education, and more than $6 billion in financial commitments from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and a number of states.
Take a deep dive into our recent reporting on refugee issues from around the world.
Will the 2,000 invitees at the UN’s new refugee event this week take on the difficult issues – from the EU's role in returns to Libya to Australia's offshore processing?
From Tanzania to Lebanon, from Bangladesh to Mexico, from Kenya to Turkey, from Uganda to Pakistan, the pressure to return is growing.
Hear a correspondent’s reflections on how a genocide unfolds, and why it’s important to ‘humanise’ the stories of people in emergencies.
A quarter of Greece’s 5,000 unaccompanied minors are officially listed as missing, homeless, or living in precarious conditions.
The peace deal with Ethiopia hasn’t stopped the flow of refugees, many of whom choose to head on to Europe or the Americas, if they can afford it.
A plan to repatriate 2,000 refugees a week has led to restrictions on NGOs and increased fear among 200,000 Burundians living in Tanzania’s camps.
Rights activists have long pushed to get asylum seekers out of crowded camps on Aegean islands. But big problems await on the mainland too.
After fleeing Myanmar, refugees cling to old documents as proof they belong to a country that now rejects them.
Help make quality journalism about crises possible
The New Humanitarian is an independent, non-profit newsroom founded in 1995. We deliver quality, reliable journalism about crises and big issues impacting the world today. Our reporting on humanitarian aid has uncovered sex scandals, scams, data breaches, corruption, and much more.
Our readers trust us to hold power in the multi-billion-dollar aid sector accountable and to amplify the voices of those impacted by crises. We’re on the ground, reporting from the front lines, to bring you the inside story.
We keep our journalism free – no paywalls – thanks to the support of donors and readers like you who believe we need more independent journalism in the world. Your contribution means we can continue delivering award-winning journalism about crises.