Refugee Crisis

Can people fleeing violence count on humane treatment?


Even as the latest report from the U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees bemoans record levels of refugee flows worldwide, the number of refugees entering Europe and the United States is down from previous years due to greater restrictions on refugee admissions. In the first half of fiscal 2018, refugee admissions to the United States fell by 73 percent, and the number of migrants and refugees who reached Europe by sea during the first half of 2018 was down 55 percent from the first half of 2017. Following recent trends, more than half of all refugees are fleeing just three conflict-plagued countries: Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan. But increasing numbers from Colombia and Venezuela also are seeking refuge in neighboring countries. And while fewer refugees are reaching Europe, the dangers they encounter en route have increased, as has the violence they face from citizens in some host countries.

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