Friday, July 3, 2015
Our Refugee World by John Feffer
Our world is witnessing a refugee crisis today which has few parallels in human history. According to the latest UN report, we face an unprecedented refugee crisis with nearly 60 million refugees, more than at any time since such records have been kept. "Perhaps our civilization won’t end with a bang or a whimper. We’ll all simply become, failed state after failed state, refugees in a heartless world," writes John Feffer in the FPIF.
He writes, "Every day, 45,000 people slip into the post-apocalyptic world of refugeedom. Every month, the equivalent of a San Diego joins the surplus army of the dispossessed. In 2014 alone, 14 million people became refugees. More than half of all refugees are under the age of 18. I can’t think of better way to prepare the next generation of angry, anti-state terrorists.
Here’s the most depressing statistic of them all. Of the 14.4 million people displaced from their countries, only 126,800 of them returned to those countries in 2014. That’s less than 1 percent, the lowest percentage of return in over 30 years.
The nearly 60 million refugees include the internally displaced, but not economic migrants or those who fled because of natural disaster. War and the collapse of states have been the primary sources of the crisis."
He rightly surmises, "It goes without saying that to reduce the number of refugees in any significant way will require addressing the roots of the crisis: the wars, the persecutions, the unchecked climate change. But that’s a function of money, diplomacy, and policy."
To read the entire piece, click here.