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.
We uncovered the sex abuse scandal that rocked the WHO, but there’s more to do
We just covered a report that says the World Health Organization failed to prevent and tackle widespread sexual abuse during the Ebola response in Congo.
Our investigation with the Thomson Reuters Foundation triggered this probe, demonstrating the impact our journalism can have.
But this won’t be the last case of aid worker sex abuse. This also won’t be the last time the aid sector has to ask itself difficult questions about why justice for victims of sexual abuse and exploitation has been sorely lacking.
We’re already working on our next investigation, but reporting like this takes months, sometimes years, and can’t be done alone.
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