2015 has been marked by particularly dramatic coverage of the refugee crisis spilling from the Middle East into Europe. These heart-wrenching stories drew the issue of refugees into the headlines for a few weeks, but they represent just a small portion of the displaced people around the globe.
In addition to the refugees from Iraq and Syria, millions of other refugees and migrants are facing their own challenges. Each day last year, an average of42,500 people became refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced — and today, a staggering 65,000,000 people worldwide fall into one of these categories. Roughly half of these refugees are children, and the vast majority come from lower socioeconomic strata.
The stories of these migrants are complicated and diverse — and they are seldom told. From the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Gaza, millions of people live uprooted from their homeland with little attention from the global community. Here are five migrant/refugee populations you’ve probably heard very little about.... (read more)