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Worldwide, there are now over 65 million forcibly displaced people – the highest number ever recorded. Of those, approximately 21 million are refugees who have fled their home countries as a result of conflict and violent persecution. The average length of time that someone remains a refugee is 17 years, a time-span that has increased over the past two decades due to the intractability of many conflicts.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, where RefugePoint focuses its efforts, there are more than 3 million refugees fleeing violence and persecution in the Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, and other countries experiencing conflict and instability. The most vulnerable refugees include, among others, women at risk, survivors of torture, and orphans and other minors separated from their families. Without long-term solutions, these refugees will remain in desperate situations for decades, living in overcrowded refugees camps and urban areas, unable to rebuild their lives in dignity and peace.

Refugee Crisis Facts

• There are currently over 65 million people forcibly displaced people in the world, including
21 million refugees.

• Over 50% of all refugees are children.

• More than 80% of refugee crises last over 10 years, which means that the majority of refugees
are in states of prolonged limbo.

• The average length of time that someone remains a refugee is 17 years.

• 60% of refugees now reside in urban areas, meaning that traditional camp-based solutions are
no longer applicable to the majority of refugees