Lifting quotes from the NYT report we discover that, "nearly 60 million people are displaced around the world because of conflict and persecution, the largest number ever recorded by the United Nations".
|85% of all refugees live within the ringed area|
To understand what this means for the host countries:
|This chart is already out of date and massively understates, for example, the number of Syrian refugees that have sought shelter in the Lebanon and other middle-eastern countries.|
So what is the situation in the UK?
For an impartial source of information we looked here: United Nations Refugee Agency website page for the UK where this can be read:
At the end of 2014, the population of refugees, pending asylum cases and stateless persons made up just . That’s 117,161 refugees, 36,383 pending asylum cases and 16 stateless persons.
How does Philip Hammond (UK Foreign Secretary) respond to this:
He calls them marauding migrants who are a threat to our way of life - refer to this Guardian article.
The world cries out for wisdom yet the UK government comes up with this sort of stuff. I best end this post now before I start to dig too deeply into my store of adjectives.