Today is World Refugee Day, as declared by the UN, but this is sadly not a day for celebration. The UNHCR brought us the news that a record number of people in the world are refugees. The BBC noted that:
The number of people displaced by conflict is at the highest level ever recorded, the UN refugee agency says. It estimates that 65.3m people were either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced at the end of 2015, an increase of 5m in a year. This represents one in every 113 people on the planet, the UN agency says. Meanwhile, the UN refugee chief says a worrying "climate of xenophobia" has taken hold in Europe as it struggles to cope with the migrant crisis.The never-ending war in Syria, along with the European deal with Turkey to keep refugees there until processed for migration to Europe, has put Turkey in the position of being the country with the largest number of refugees in the world. The US State Department's Humanitarian Information Unit has put together a global map of the situation of stateless people in the world as of the end of 2015, and I have copied it below.