“I am surprised that the capital and money move around the world in seconds but when it comes to the refugees they keep decades to settle”
Stated by Muhammed. A Somali national living in Kahuna Refugee Camp in Northwestern Kenya who spoke on the behalf of all refugees of the world.
Muhammed says that he is now twenty-six and waited over twenty years to resettle which prevented him from getting higher education.
Out of 1.2 million refugees who needed to be resettled in 2018, only fifty-five thousand resettled that makes only 4.7% of the Global need, according to the Office of United Nations Higher Commission.
There are 70.8 million people Worldwide that are displaced forcefully from their homeland due to some natural disaster, oppression or because of a war. And out of those 25.9 million are still living in refugee camps and half of them are under the age of eighteen, 41.3 million are displaced in their nation and 3.5 million are still seeking refuge.
The African refugee population increased by 150 percent from 2010-2017 and it keeps increasing every year, according to UNHCR.
Due to the violence in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the Terror Lake groups in Lake Chad Basin the population of refugees is likely to increase in the Sub Saharan Africa.
Therefore, there is an urgent need to fix this refugee system so that the refugees don’t take much time to resettle and destroy their futures because of resettlement. Muhammed also said that;
“We aren’t criminals; it’s not a crime to flee from your country”
The main reason for the resettlement of refugees in the United States. The refugees need to resettle as it offers a permanent and stable place for them. And the United States has only taken in three out of four million refugees, since 1980. And in 2017, the United States took even fewer refugees than the whole world combined and this happened for the first time in U.S. history.
The resettlement of refugees has dropped by one-third percent and it’s the lowest rate since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. The number of refugees that resettled from Africa also dropped from 30,000 in 2016 to 10,000 in 2018.
And now the Trump government may even stop this refugee settlement completely in 2020.