Data: UNHCR; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios
As of 2017, more people have been forced by violence and conflict to flee their homes than live in the U.K. or France.
Why it matters: That’s upwards of 60 million people — a global nation of refugees. If all of these asylum-seekers, internally displaced people and refugees were a country, they’d be the 21st most populous nation in the world, according to UNHCR estimates. More than half of refugees are under the age of 18.
The big picture: The crisis is the worst its been since World War II, and it’s not getting better.
This population will continue to grow as violent conflicts drag on and climate change wreaks havoc.Host countries and refugee camps will increasingly become permanent homes to tens of millions of refugees while many wealthy nations turn their backs.
The top 5 places:
Syria: Where millions of people have been forced from their homes amidst internal conflict and terrorism by the Islamic State, or ISIS.Afghanistan: Ongoing violence has created one of the largest, longest-lasting refugee crises.South Sudan: Millions of South Sudanese have fled to Uganda and other surrounding nations as a civil war rages.Myanmar: The Rohingya minority has faced deadly, violent persecution and many have fled.Somalia: A