2011 goes down in the annals of history as globally, one of the must tumultuous on record over the course of the last 50 years. The Arab Spring and an economic crisis reverberating across the planet’s continents typify this upheaval, which has had profound implications for social cohesion worldwide.
New UNHCR data also reveals that in 2011 alone 800,000 new refugees were displaced worldwide. 2011 marks a record upsurge in the number of people forcefully displaced, with more people becoming refugees than at any time since 2000. This week, The Guardian’s Global Development team provided a digital and interactive breakdown of the above mentioned UNHCR data, a sample of which is provided below, along with a link to a map through which you can explore in greater detail these findings.
- Afghanistan still produces more refugees than any other country – 3,054,709 – followed by Iraq and Somalia
- The US and the UK produced as well as accepted refugees in 2011 – US: 3,778 (+24.9%) and UK: 150 (-2.2%)
- Côte d’Ivoire has seen a 270% increase in just one year, and Libya +89.9%
- 4.3m people were newly displaced
- In many countries, the majority of people “of concern” to the UNHCR are children aged under 18 – 72% in Eritrea, for example